Crime Tip of the Week: Credit card fraud protection tips |

Crime Tip of the Week: Credit card fraud protection tips

Here are some tips on how to prevent credit and debit card fraud.

• Don’t give your account number to anyone on the phone unless you’ve made the call.

• Carry your cards separately from your wallet. It can minimize your losses if someone steals your wallet or purse.

• During a transaction, keep your eye on your card. Make sure you get it back before you walk away.

• Never sign a blank receipt. Draw a line through any blank spaces above the total.

• Save your receipts to compare with your statement.

• Open your bills promptly — or check them online often — and reconcile them with purchases.

• Report any questionable charges to the card issuer.

• Notify your card issuer if your address changes or if you will be traveling.

• Don’t write your account number on the outside of an envelope.

• Clear your logins and passwords. This is especially important if you’ve been working on a public computer.

• Pay for online purchases with your credit card, which has better guarantees under federal law than your online payment services or your debit card.

• Be alert for phishing, a trick in which spam or pop-ups mimic legitimate banks or businesses to obtain your personal information, which they use to access your accounts. Always verify that you’re on a familiar Web site with security controls before entering personal data.

• Monitor your credit report.

• Shred sensitive documents.

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