We regularly receive reports for stolen credit cards. Most of the victims are woman and many are dining at a restaurant or shopping at a grocery stores at the time of the theft. The thieves either distract the victim or strike when the victim is not paying attention. We recommend you keep your purse close to you. It is also important to pay attention to your surroundings. Report thefts to police as soon as they are discovered. Here are some more tips.
One of the simplest ways to avoid credit card fraud is by keeping your credit cards safe from thieves. Place your credit cards in a purse or wallet close to your body where it can't easily be snatched away.
If you're shopping in a high traffic area, carry a smaller purse because it's harder to steal or sneak into. For both men and women, carry only the one or two credit and debit cards you'll be using that day. Leave all your other credit cards at home.
Thieves can take pictures of your credit card with a camera or cell phone, so don't leave your credit card exposed any longer than necessary.
After you make a purchase put your credit card away immediately. Confirm you have your credit card back in your possession before you leave the store or restaurant.
The sooner you report a missing credit card the sooner your credit card issuer can cancel your credit card and prevent fraudulent charges. Reporting your lost or stolen credit card as soon as possible lowers the likelihood that you'll have to pay for any fraudulent charges made on your credit card. Write down your credit card companies' customer service number now so you'll have them if your credit cards are ever missing.