Credit Card Number

Credit Card Numbers are one of the most commonly stolen data items. One trend is criminals placing “skimmers” on ATM and gas station pump card readers so they can read and collect credit card numbers. When used with a person’s address and the security code on the back of the card, a criminal can make fraudulent purchases.

Banks are constantly monitoring for fraudulent purchases, but it still happens occasionally.  Many banks offer tools for monitoring your  card activity. For example, one method is to receive an email notification whenever your card is used, or whenever a purchase of larger than $50 is made.

Be sure to check your credit card statement carefully each month.  If there are charges you don't recognize make sure you promptly reach out to your bank.  

If your credit institutions offer an option to utilize multi-factor authentication, we strongly suggest you enroll as this adds an additional layer of protection to your account.