When people ask me, 'How does someone protect myself from credit card sham?' I tell them, 'Cancel the card, or never use it.' Because this is actually the only way. Otherwise, all you can perform is hope the merchant has an advanced system in starting point mitigate the fraudulent transactions.
The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center's Annual Report determined that the total dollar loss from cases of fraud in 2009 that were referred to law enforcement officials by IC3 was $559.7 million; that loss was compared to 2008 when a complete loss of $264.6 million was reported. Some estimate identity fraud in one payemnt at over $50 billion.
Flaws in your machine used to issue credit facilitate new account fraud, since creditors often are not able to fully vet credit applicants with technology as essential as device reputation. Account takeover requires anything than access to credit card numbers, which can be accessed by hacking into databases or skimming cards from a point of sale terminal, ATM, or gas pump.
You should be aware of these common scams:
Micro Charges: Micro charges are fraudulent charges ranging from twenty cents to ten dollars. The idea is to sustain your amounts low enough to go unnoticed by cardholders.
ATM Skimmers: Criminals can place a card reader device on the face of an ATM to copy your card data. The device, which appears to be part for this machine, may use wireless technology to transmit the data to the criminals. In many cases, thieves likewise hide a small pinhole camera perhaps the ATM (in a brochure holder, mirror, or speaker, for example) in order to record PIN numbers as in fact. Always cover the keypad regarding your other hand when entering your Pin.
Dummy ATMs: ATMs can be purchased through eBay or Craigslist and installed anywhere. (I bought one from a guy at a bar for $750.) A dummy machine been recently programmed to read and copy card data.
Phone Fraud: Cell phone rings and it's a scammer claiming to be calling from your bank's fraud agency. The scammer may already have your entire card number, which might stolen from another source. You may asked about an imagined charge you supposedly made, and have got deny it, you will to provide your three to four digit CVV number in order unique the charge extracted. Never give out this connected with information over the phone.
Phantom Charges: When searching for something for your web, you find a boatload. In the associated with ordering, the website informs you that a rebate is available along by using a free trial of another product. Thinking you're saving money, you are the lure. The next thing you know, your card getting charged introduced and an additional makes it very tricky cancel expenses.
Look for and conduct business with businesses that have a comprehensive, defense-in-depth approach defend consumers against identity and financial hoax. Check your credit and banking statements carefully. Scrutinize every charge and call your bank or credit card company immediately to refute any unauthorized transactions.
(Be specific to do it within 30 or 60 days at most, depending relating to the type of card.)
Robert Siciliano, personal security and identity theft expert contributor to iovation, discusses ATM skimming on Extra TV. Disclosures.