Preventing Credit Card Fraud*
- Sign cards when they arrive,
so no one can forge your signature on the cards and use them.
- Keep copies of all sales
slips. Open credit card bills promptly and compare the sales slips with
the charges on your bill.
- Promptly report any suspicious
or unauthorized charges to the card issuer.
- Never give your credit card
number over the phone unless you have made the call and you know the
company is reputable.
- Draw a line through blank
spaces on charge slips. Do not sign a blank charge slip.
- Destroy carbons and incorrect
- Keep a record of your card
numbers and expiration dates and the phone number of the card issuer
in a safe place.
To order free brochures on
credit, contact the Federal Trade Commission, Public Reference Section,
6th and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 130, Washington, D.C. 20580,
To file a complaint, contact
the Illinois Attorney General's Office or your local Better Business Bureau.
* Courtesy of The U.S. Office
of Consumer Affairs