Tips to Fight Debit Card and Online Fraud

Debit card and credit card fraud remains a problem across the country. Here are tips to you to help you protect your accounts.

•           Always keep your credit or debit card in a safe and secure place.

•           Securely dispose of old cards and/or paperwork which accompanies new cards.

•           Examine the front of ATMs, gas pumps and card machines for unusual attachments disguised as part of the machines.

•           If anything looks out of place, do not use it. Please call the financial institution or let merchant employees know, so law enforcement can be contacted.

•           Never force your card into a card reader.

•           Always shield the keypad when keying in your PIN.

•           Make certain to complete the transaction and properly dispose of transaction receipts.

•           Do not send your card number through email, as it is typically not secure.

•           Always make certain that when making purchases online, the site is secured with encryption to protect your account information.

•           Look for secure transaction symbols such as a lock symbol in the lower right-hand corner of your web browser, or “https://…” in the address bar of the website. The “s” indicates “secured” and means the web page uses encryption.

•           Remember to always log off websites or shut down your browser after purchase transactions are made with your credit or debit card to prevent unauthorized access to your information.

•           Do not give out your card number over the phone unless you initiated the call.

•           Regularly review online banking and your account statements to verify transactions.

If you notice any suspicious activity or find discrepancies on your statements, please notify First Florida immediately.


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