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Tips on Preventing Credit Card & Debit Card Fraud

  • Never leave receipts behind where someone could pick them up—especially ATM, supermarket, and self-service gasoline pump receipts. Also, never let anyone put your account number on a check or any other document not associated with a purchase on your account. (In some states, this is against the law.)
     
  • Never give your account number to someone calling you on the phone, even if the caller says it will be used to claim a prize or award.
     
  • Store your credit card and/or debit card in a secure place where you will immediately know if it is missing.
     
  • Sign the back of your credit card and/or debit card as soon as you receive it.
     
  • Never leave your credit card and/or debit card as a "security deposit" or as identification. Instead, use your driver’s license.
     
  • Never lend your credit card and/or debit card to anyone.
     
  • When you are expecting a new or replacement credit card or debit card, look for it in the mail.
     
  • Report a lost or stolen credit card or debit card immediately.
     
  • Use extra caution when using your debit card online. Make sure the site you plan to make a purchase from is legitimate.
  • Never carry your PIN in your wallet or write it on the back of your credit card or debit card, and don't choose an obvious number (such as your birth date or telephone number) for your PIN.
  • Review your credit bureau reports regularly. This may be the only way to identify if you are a victim of identity theft.