Credit Card Fraud

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Credit card fraud is a serious matter. For victims, it can be a frightening experience. While no one wants to live a life looking over their shoulder, credit card theft can happen at the most unexpected times. While there is no guarantee that anyone is exempt from becoming a VICTIM OF IDENTITY THEFT, there are certain things you can do to decrease your chances of falling victim to credit fraud.

**Check ATMs and gas pumps for loose partsparts or suspicious keypads. If you find something suspicious, you should inform the gas station or bank, and transact your business at another machine.

**Check your credit card statements for unusual charges. CHECKING YOUR CREDIT REPORT on a regular basis can help you react quicker to fraud or identity theft.

**Be careful when accessing the Internet in public venues. Unlike home or office WiFi networks, there are a large number of WiFi spots that do not encrypt the data being transmitted through them. Your email, bank account, and credit card information could be fair game for a hacker with the right skills. Never share personal information with a stranger on social media sites and try to limit the personal information you share with your friends.

**Don’t carry information in your wallet or purse that you do not need. Birth certificates, Social Security cards, PIN numbers and passwords can be easily stolen. Identity thieves can be long gone before you become aware of any missing information.

**Shred documents with personal information before you throw them away. Identity theft crimes are usually thought of as being high-tech in nature. There are still identity thieves who do not mind foraging through a dumpster for valuable information.

Think You May Be a Victim of Fraud?

IF YOU suspect you are a victim of identity theft or fraud, you may want to consider adding a 90-day fraud alert to your credit report. A fraud alert warns lenders that you may be a victim so they can take additional steps to verify your identity before approving a loan application. Immediately inform creditors when you suspect or have proof of fraud. Take time to document every contact. Make sure you thoroughly understand the process of reporting fraud and what is expected of both you and the creditor.

Preventing credit card fraud takes awareness and effort. Protecting your personal and credit card information is probably one of the most important steps you could take to prevent Credit Card Fraud.

For more information or if you have been a victim of Credit Card Fraud, Contact Nationwide Credit Clearing

About Todd Stern

CEO and president of Nationwide Credit Clearing, Inc. Todd has been featured on the cable show “Fox Thing in the Morning” and is the host of the popular TV show “Credit Talk,” a weekly live call-in show in Chicago. You can follow Todd on and on Twitter

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