- Sign your new card in ink.
- Keep a list of all your credit cards in a safe place. If lost or stolen, notify each issuing company immediately.
- If you have a Personal Identification Number (PIN), don't write it on your card or on anything you carry with the card.
- Don't let others borrow your card.
- Don't let the cashier take your card away from the cash register.
- When using your card, don't give the merchant any personal information, such as your address or telephone number. Visa regulations forbid merchants from asking you for such information. A valid card and ID should be all that's required.
- NEVER give your card number to someone who has CALLED YOU.
- Open your billing statement as soon as it arrives. If you have questions, call the issuing company immediately. Document all disputes in writing, including date and time.
- Contact the three major credit bureaus and request a copy of your credit report to see if any fraudulent accounts have been opened in your name.
- Check your mailbox for stolen mail. Make sure no one has requested an unauthorized address change.
- If a thief has stolen your mail to get credit card, bank or other financial statements; that's a crime. Contact your local post office and police.