More and more people are using debit cards and our 3 Tips to protect your debit card information can help you to keep your account information secure.
Debit card are available in a variety of places. Some people have debit cards that are tied into their checking and savings accounts.
Others have debit cards that are standalone cards not connected to a bank account.
Both types of cards have one thing in common. They are valuable to thieves and you can lose your hard earned cash in an instant.
In addition to not sharing your debit card number with anyone, here are three steps that can help you from becoming a victim of credit card theft.
That means that if you are, for example. paying for a meal – even in an upscale restaurant, your eye should always be on your card. Do not give it to the waiter or waitress for processing. Politely insist that you want to watch the transaction being processed. Although not foolproof, you will be offered a mode of protection this way.
Do not leave your debit card in your purse (or wallet) and then leave your purse (or wallet) in your car while you go work-out. Gym parking lot car thefts are common.
It’s better to leave your card home. Sure your home can be robbed but the chances of your car being broken into are greater.
Trust your gut on this. If something just doesn’t seem right, pay with cash. If you do not have any cash on you, come back another time when you do.
Thieves will still, to this day, place a fraudulent card reader over a legitimate card reader. Sometimes there are even camera that take a photo of your card and record you entering your pin.
If the ATM just doesn’t look right, don’t use it. If the card reader seems too tight, don’t use it. Also, you should ALWAYS cover the top of the reader with your hand so that others cannot “see’ you entering your PIN code into the reader.
The 3 Tips to protect your debit card information can help you avoid becoming the next debit card theft victim.