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People you shouldn’t be trusting with your credit card

[Saturday, March 19th, 2011]

Although we hear it all the time, we don’t usually pay attention to the precautions, which is why most of us end up handing over our credit cards to people and businesses when we shouldn’t have been doing so. In fact, the precaution starts right from your home. It is not really advisable to hand over your credit card pin or password to your kid who might be quite a pro at visiting websites leading you to find your bill swelling alarmingly. Kids addicted to online games could use your credit card and password and it could cost hundreds of dollars within a few hours.

Another case is when someone sounding professional and serious asks you to read out your card information in the pretext that he is investigating fraud relating to your credit card, information about which has been compromised. You must realise that no creditable agency works that way and it isn’t really advisable to hand out information to strangers on the phone. In fact, it is a good idea to hang up the phone and inform the same at the number behind the card.

You shouldn’t be giving out your card information to the hired help either. Giving your home Depot card to the contractor working with you or your card to the house maid to buy your supplies would be silly and could lead to a lot of trouble in the future as you are giving away so much information to strangers. Another place where one has to be careful is when you get an alert that there is virus on your computer. You are suggested to purchase software online that can help you out of the problem. But you shouldn’t trust anyone, as such software will not only mess with your computer but your card will also end up getting charged heavily leading to a fraud.

Restaurant staff too could be dangerous, especially in cases when your card is not in your sight and is taken for a swipe elsewhere. There are waiters who for 50 dollars help out skimming networks by swiping the card on an electronic device which will read the magnetic strip on the card. The debt collector who promises to help you with a payment plan or settlement when you owe money could also be dangerous and can charge your card a lot more than what they agreed to settle for.

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