Protect Yourself from Credit Card Fraud
- Never provide your credit card numbers online, unless you are sure the site you are dealing with is secure and legitimate.
- Make sure you are purchasing merchandise from reputable sources.
- Pay more attention than usually when you are dealing with individuals or companies from foreign countries.
- Be cautious when responding to special offers coming from unsolicited emails.
- Investigate the person/company before the purchase. Try to obtain a physical address and a phone number and call the seller to see if the number is real and working.
- Check the seller/company with other websites to see if there are/were any complaints about them.
- Keep a list of all credit cards, account information, card issuer's contact information in a secure place. If you suspect fraud or if anything looks suspicious, contact the card issuer.
- Restrict the amount of money on your credit/debit card. In this way you may keep the eventual perpetrator from stealing all of your money.
- If you are asked to send a copy of your credit card in order to have its authenticity verified, make sure you hide the numbers on the card. Do not send your SSN alongside with the copy. Learn more on this topic...
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