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6 Debit Card Safety Tips

Are you worred about debit card fraud and identity theft? March is Fraud Prevention Month, so learn how to keep your debit card safe with these easy tips. Click through to read more.

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Always keep your debit card in sight when conducting transactions at a store.

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1. Insert First

If you have a chip debit card and are not sure whether the store terminal is chip-capable, insert the card first. If the terminal is not chip capable, it will prompt you to swipe your card. By inserting first, you avoid an unnecessary swipe of your card and reduce the potential of the card being skimmed.

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2. Protect Your PIN

Always shield your PIN with your hand or body to prevent someone from stealing it.

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3. Check Your Statements

Check your financial statements or online records regularly. If you notice anything unusual, contact your financial institution immediately. If you are a victim of debit card fraud you are protected and you will be reimbursed by your financial institution for losses resulting from circumstances beyond your control.

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4. Memorize your PIN

Only you should know your PIN. If you suspect someone knows your PIN, even a friend or family member, change it immediately.

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5. Keep Your Card in Sight

Keep your debit card in sight when conducting transactions at the checkout.

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6. Report a Lost Card

Notify your financial institution immediately if your debit card is lost or stolen.