How to protect your card transactions and help your credit
Are you trying to get the year off to a good start by giving your financial health a little TLC? Besides creating a budget and working to pay off credit card balances or consolidate debt, care should be given to where you use your credit and debit cards.
We’re not big fans of using a credit card when you can use cash, which makes it easier to be conscious of what you spend, but there are times when it’s the most convenient way to pay. For those times, here are a few easy tips on how to keep your credit and debit card transactions safer from fraudsters looking to steal your credit card information:
- Choose ATMs located in the lobby of a bank or inside a store whenever possible. An ATM is much harder to tamper with when it’s somewhere with restricted access, and a security camera or store employees are able to keep a watchful eye on it.
- Shield the keypad when entering your PIN number on any device, especially one that isn’t at a check out stand or cash wrap desk where a store clerk or cashier is likely to be.
- Choose a gas pump as close to, and visible from the gas station’s convenience store where an attendant is working. Look for any sign of tampering or unusual “extra” on the payment device before inserting your credit or debit card.
Safeguarding your credit and debit card information from prying eyes isn’t new advice, but the ways you can do so are worth repeating. It’s too easy to forget these basics when you’re distracted or in a rush. The last thing you need when you’re trying to rebuild credit or strengthen your financial picture is unauthorized use of your credit.
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