Tips for Card Safety

Keeping your Card Safe

  • Get Personal. Sign your card as soon as you receive it.
  • Trust your memory. Don’t write your PIN on your card.
  • Memorize your PIN or, if necessary, store the number in
    a safe place, separate from your wallet or wherever you
    keep your card. If you select your PIN select one that’s
    easy for you to remember, but difficult for someone else
    to guess.
  • Keep it secret. Never give your PIN or card number to
    another person, especially to a stranger over the
    telephone or internet.
  • Be Prepared. Make and store a record of your card
    numbers along with the telephone numbers for
    reporting lost or stolen cards.
  • If you lose it, report it. Call your financial institution
    immediately if your card is lost or stolen. Your timely
    response can help protect your account.
  • Save the receipt. Save your sales receipts and review
    them against your account statement, making sure the
    information is correct. If you see a purchase you don’t
    recognize, contact your financial institution immediately.
  • Destroy old receipts. Tear up and discard any sales
    slip copies you don’t need. Strangers can use your
    account numbers to make unauthorized purchases or
    counterfeit your card.
  • Too good to be true? Never give your card number to
    anyone or any organization to receive a “free” gift.