July 16, 2022
How to Recover from Credit Card Fraud
Keep these steps in mind if you experience credit card fraud.
Note the fraudulent charges on your statement
Spotting suspicious charges on a credit card statement is a common way to identify fraudulent activity. It is advised to create a habit of closely checking each statement for potential fraudulent charges. The first step after noticing fraudulent charges is to contact your credit card company. Be ready to specify which transactions you believe to be fraudulent.
Call and inform your credit card company
After picking out the fraudulent charges on your account, immediately call your credit card company. If you still have your physical credit card, the number is often found on the back of the card. If you’ve lost your card and can’t find the number, most institutions have a number located on their website. It’s crucial to notify your company early: the sooner you call, the sooner you’ll get ahead of future fraudulent charges.
Change your login information and passwords
After you’ve reported the fraud to your credit card company, take time to change and reset your account passwords, pin, and login information. This information should be changed whether it is the physical credit card or just credit card information that has been stolen. Create a strong password for your account by using unique word choice, making your password longer than six characters, and using separate passwords for each of your accounts.
Keep an eye on your reports and statements
Finally, make sure to monitor your credit card statements extra closely the few months after any suspicious activity. Fraudulent charges can continue to appear on your account, reports, and statements even after your initial issue has been resolved.
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