10 Tips To Prevent Credit Card Fraud

By: Paul Davis

Imagine opening your credit card statement one morning and discovering to your horror that you suddenly owe thousands of dollars - on purchases that you never made. Impossible?

Credit Card fraud is on the rise.
You need to treat your card and its information with extreme care.

  • Twenty four percent of American (28 percent of women and 21 percent of men) have had their credit or debit card information stolen through a computer hack attack.
  • of those who had their credit card info stolen, 90 percent only had it happen to them once or twice. However, 8 percent said it had happened three or four times and 1 percent reported that it had happened more than four times.
  • The United States accounts for 1,107 credit card data breaches (72%) worldwide. Followed by United Kingdom (8%), Canada (4%), Australia (2%), Israel (1%) and China (1%).
  • 32 data records are lost or stolen every second.

10 Tips to 
Prevent Credit Card Fraud

We hope you are convinced now that credit card fraud is on the rise. Here are 10 tips to help insure you're not the victim of thieves and fraudsters:

1. Sign new and replacement cards immediately.

2. Destroy the old cards by cutting them into pieces and shred all old receipts and bills.

3. Don't fax your credit-card number, if possible. Remember, the faxed document could remain in sight at the other end for long periods of time.

4. Don't give your card number over the phone unless you have initiated the call. Dont share your credit card details via whatsapp epecially to a group of people.

5. Destroy any carbon paper if it's used as part of the credit card transaction. Somebody can grab it and forge your signature.

6. Don't respond to any 'scam' e-mails requesting your credit card number.

7. Never send your credit card number in an e-mail to anyone!

8. A good option for discouraging theft is to choose a credit card that includes your photo and signature on the card.

9. If you have questions about mistakes or unauthorized items on your statement, you have the right to challenge them.

10. If your card is lost, stolen, or you suspect fraudulent use, call your company's 24-hour hotline immediately to prevent your card from being used as little as possible. The company will block its use, and you won't be responsible for any charges made by thieves.

You'll never deter fraudsters completely. But you can certainly make life as difficult as possible for them

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