Nowadays, using bank cards has become a way of life for many people all over the world. Becoming a victim of credit card fraud is an experience that no customer wants to go through, but sometimes it happens.
Fortunately, the law limits customer’s financial liability in cases when credit card has been stolen. Even so, if you’re a victim of credit card fraud, it’s important to act in no time. There are so many ways fraudsters can steal your sensitive data, but there are also ways you can prevent this from occurring.
When credit card fraudulent activity can take place?
- cards are lost or stolen;
- cards are counterfeited or cloned;
- сard-not-present fraud that can occur online, by fax or phone using stolen card data;
- fake emails designed to find out your credit card details;
- fake online banking websites designed to confuse the clients and make them reveal their sensitive data.
What are credit card fraud prevention tips?
- ensure that your transaction is made in your presence every time when purchasing goods or services;
- treat your cards carefully, like cash;
- don’t disclose your credit card number over the phone unless you initiate the call and you are sure that the company is reliable;
- when entering your PIN code, cover the keyboard with your hand from somebody’s eyes and hidden cameras;
- memorise your PIN-code and destroy any paper notification as soon as you receive it;
- never give your credit card info out when you receive a phone call as legitimate companies never call you to ask for sensitive data over the phone;
- monitor your bank and credit card statement;
- never respond to emails that request you provide your credit card info via email;
- make sure your computer has cutting edge anti-virus software;
- never provide your credit card information on a website that looks fishy;
- inform the card issuer immediately if your card is stolen or lost;
- sign your credit cards as soon as they arrive and destroy the old cards when they expire;
- shred all credit card receipts you receive and anything with your credit card number written on it;
- never write down your PIN-code number or record it;
- inform the card issuer when you are travelling abroad;
- carry your cards separately from your wallet;
- never leave your credit cards or receipts lying around;
- always log out after shopping and save the confirmation letter as a proof of your purchase;
- keep a list in a secure place with all of your account numbers and expiration dates, always keep card issuer contact number at hand;
- inform your card issuer immediately if unfamiliar transactions are posted on your statement;
- never sign a blank credit card receipt;
- never lend a credit card to anyone else.
If you suspect that you are a credit card fraud victim, call your credit card company immediately to have your account suspended and have a new card issued.
If there is money missing from your account, they will work to get it back as quickly as possible, usually within two or three days or sometimes before you even know that it’s gone.