Precautions you should take if you have a debit card Precautions you should take if you have a debit card

Precautions you should take if you have a debit card

If your bank has issued a debit card for you, there are some things you should know before you get into trouble. These simple steps you can help you safeguard your card.

Your card and the information that is associated with your checking account are constantly at risk. Every time you use your card at a store or on the Internet, this information could be used by criminals. Learn how this could happen and how further trouble can it be avoided.

The first and most obvious problema is if your card is physically stolen. If this is the case, you must call the bank immediately and inform the situation. You can’t be held liable for anything that is charged to your card after you have reported the theft, so you must do this at once.

Criminals can also acces your information if they hack a website where your debit card information was stored and can then make purchases on line or on the pone. Sometimes the bank will inform you if they register strange purchases, but others it's up to you to notice them.

The last way in which your credit card information can be stolen is through card skimmung. This happens when your card is put through a card reader (at a gas station or restaurant when you give your card to someone) or if a skimmer is attached to an ATM (or any vending machine) where yoiu use your card. It may not be easy to detect these skimmers so it is importat that you pay attention to any thing that doesn’t look familiar. An additional precaution you can take is to cover your hands when you tipe your password to avoid any camera that may be filming the numbers you enter.

The bank will hold you liable for any purchase you don’t inform within 60 days so you can see why checking your account for transactions you haven’t done is something you shoul do regularly.

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