Keep your cards safe this winter
by Sarah Orrill
22/12/11 in Card Fraud/Theft |
The festive period is well and truly upon us and many of us will be planning a winter break to escape the UK weather or Christmas at home. Wherever you are travelling to, it's never nice to get home and discover that your credit or debit card is apparently still on holiday.
herever you are, whether at home or abroad, it's important to remain vigilant and to look after your wallet and bags.
Here are CPP’s tips to avoid being a victim of card theft and card fraud
Only take cards with you that intend to use. Don't carry multiple debit or credit cards in your wallet.
- Don't leave belongings unattended while swimming or sunbathing and don't hang your bag on the back of your chair in cafes and restaurants.
- Don't carry debit or credit cards loose in a bag or pocket and keep them with you when travelling to and from your destination – don't leave them in your suitcase or rucksack.
- In crowded places, keep your bag strapped across your body or held firmly with the clasp towards you. A concealed money belt is the best place to carry your cards and cash.
- Tell your bank you're going to be away and give them an up-to-date mobile phone number so they can contact you if they see any suspicious or unusual activity on your account.
- Keep an eye on your card in restaurants and cafes. Don't let a waiter take your card out of sight when you pay the bill.
- Check your receipts against your statements when you get home to make sure there are no unexpected transactions.
- Don't leave cards and other valuables unattended in your hotel room. Use a safe or your hotel's safety deposit box.
- Never tell anyone your PIN – even if they claim to be from the police or your bank – and don't write it down.
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