Fraud Prevention Guidelines from the Better Business Bureau
You are your own best line of defense to protect yourself from credit card fraud. Here's how.
- Sign your card immediately when you receive it in the mail.
- Carry only the cards you expect to use, and keep them secure.
- Secure — in your home — other cards you may not regularly use.
- Keep a list of account and telephone numbers for your card issuers in case your cards are lost or stolen. Once you report the loss or theft, you will not be liable for unauthorized charges.
- Keep a copy of this list both at home and at your work.
- Notify your card issuer(s) in advance if you have a change of address.
- Notify your card issuer(s) in advance if you plan to travel outside the US and use the credit card.
- Be very cautious about giving anyone your account number.
- Do not give your cards to anyone.
- Keep your pass code and personal pin number secure. Do not put it in writing and do not share it with anyone.
- Use only reputable companies with secure websites for online shopping.
- Email is not secure. Never include your credit card number (or SS Number) in an email.
- Shred all paper documents containing your personal identifiers (account number, name, address) before disposing.
- 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.