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Financial Crime & Credit Cards

Credit Card Security Precautions
The fraudulent use of credit cards is not limited to the loss or theft of actual credit cards. A capable criminal only needs to know your credit card number to fraudulently make numerous charges, including cash withdrawals, against your account. The following are a number or crime prevention tips or recommendations to guard against the illegal use of your credit cards.

  • Photocopy both the front and back of all your credit cards and keep the copies in a safe and secure location. This will enable you to cancel your credit card as soon as possible if it is lost or stolen.

  • Endorse all credit cards as soon as they arrive.

  • It is advisable not to carry credit cards in your wallet or purse. Carry them separately if possible.

  • Carry only the minimum number of credit cards actually needed and never leave them unattended.

  • When you write a check, never allow the salesperson to write down your credit card number on the check. If paying by credit card, never let the salesperson write down your driver's license or social security number.

  • Avoid signing a blank receipt, whenever possible. Draw a line through blank spaces above the total when you sign card receipts.

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