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How Do I Protect Myself from Credit Card Fraud?

These days, a vast number of us do at least a portion of our shopping online.  Using a credit card to make those purchases is a common practice.  That said, protecting your credit card and its information is essential to avoid fraud.

Here are some simple tips to employ to avoid being a victim of credit card fraud:

  • Sign your card immediately when you receive it.
  • Carry only the card(s) you expect to use.
  • Keep a list of your account numbers and telephone numbers in a safe, secure location in case you need to report a lost or stolen card.
  • Notify your card issuer in advance if you have an address change.
  • Do not give your cards to anyone.
  • Keep your personal PIN number secure.
  • Only use reputable companies with secure Web sites for online shopping.
  • Never include your credit card number in an email.
  • When you are expecting a new card, be on the lookout for it in the mail.
  • Report a lost or stolen card immediately.

Diligently protecting your cards and personal information will go a long way toward giving you the peace of mind that you are doing all you can to avoid fraud.

At RBC Bank, we are your trusted advisor and will gladly provide you with tools, information and resources to help – whether it’s advising you on how to protect your personal information or helping you select the U.S. credit card that’s right for you – give us a call today at 1-800-ROYAL® 5-3 (1-800-769-2553).


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