- 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
- 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.