How to protect yourself from credit card fraud

Published on December 1st, 2020
  Written by 
Bill Tsouvalas
Bill Tsouvalas is the managing director and a key company spokesperson at Savvy. As a personal finance expert, he often shares his insights on a range of topics, being featured on leading news outlets including News Corp publications such as the Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun, Fairfax Media publications such as the Australian Financial Review, the Seven Network and more. Bill has over 15 years of experience working in the finance industry and founded Savvy in 2010 with a vision to provide affordable and accessible finance options to all Australians. He has built Savvy from a small asset finance brokerage into a financial comparison website which now attracts close to 2 million Aussies per year and was included in the BRW’s Fast 100 in 2015 as one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. He’s passionate about helping Australians make financially savvy decisions and reviews content across the brand to ensure its accuracy. You can follow Bill on LinkedIn.
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People looking to make some quick cash at your expense through credit card fraud is on the rise. According to the Australian Federal Police $900 million dollars is lost by individuals through credit card fraud, identity theft and scams. With no signs of credit card fraud stopping anytime soon, it is time you took preventative measures. Here are three essential tips on how to protect your credit card from being scammed.

How to know that you are a victim

Even if you put all the safety measures in place to protect you, and tried your best to keep personal information safe sometimes slip-ups do happen. If you have lost important documents such as your passport, driving license or even your credit card call up your bank and necessary officials immediately. Usually, banks will call you if they spot any fishy behavior such as lump sums of money being moved in one day. However, thieves have become smarter by making smaller transactions that won’t raise the flag.

If you receive notifications of unauthorised transactions, no matter how small, call the bank up immediately to shut down your card. It’s advisable that you constantly check your credit history to check for any discrepancies.

How to protect yourself

Simple things that we tend to overlook every day can be an open door for thieves to snatch up your information.

  • If you receive financial letters or statements from your bank or creditors make sure that you properly destroy these before putting them in the trash.
  • Keep your computer security software up to date. When it comes to such software it’s best to install one that is verified. Cyber criminals are also smart in displaying software that has trojan horses that pose as legitimate security software.
  • Wireless hotspots or public computers should be avoided like a plague when doing internet banking or making payments.
  • A good phrase to keep in the back of your mind is, “if they are not verified never supply.” If the person or site asking you for personal information is not verified, and give you some shoddy explanation as to why they cannot provide you with certification, run.

Default features on your card that are there to protect you

Reading about credit card fraud and how some major credit card bureaus are being hacked into can make you paranoid. You can breathe easy with these default features that are designed to protect you:

  • Fraud monitoring services: Credit card providers have established security systems and in-house fraud monitoring teams that will notify you of any fraudulent activities on your card. They could call you to double check if you made the transaction or not.
  • Zero Liability: It is compulsory for credit card providers to provide you as the consumer with protection from fraudulent activity. This basically means you won’t be held liable for any fraudulent activity on your account. There are terms and conditions that you should be aware of by checking in with your card provider.

The end goal is that you be vigilant and take extra measure when it comes to protecting your card and personal information.

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