How to Scam-Proof Your Credit Card: Essential Tips and Tricks

As fraud schemes evolve, take a moment to protect your money and maintain your peace of mind.

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Instances of credit card fraud are on the rise. According to a recent study by the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC), both 2021 and 2022 were “historic” years for the number of reported losses to fraud when Canadians lost $380 m and $531 m due to the compromised security of credit cards. More recently, a 2023 TransUnion study found that 49% of Canadians were targeted by a fraud scheme recently, with stolen credit cards and fraudulent charges making up a significant portion of it.

When it is about safeguarding your credit card, and your creditworthiness, a stitch in time indeed saves nine.

Here are a few security measures that can prevent cardholders from falling victim to fraudulent activities that can rob you of money and your peace of mind – and potentially leave you with a questionable credit score.

To state the obvious, guard your private data closely. Criminals are always scouting for carelessly discarded credit card receipts, paper statements and other confidential communication to gain access to your financial data. These documents are a treasure trove of personal information that scammers can exploit to pull off fraud. Store all your paperwork securely and be sure to shred it before disposing it of.

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