Record the names, account numbers and addresses of card companies and keep that information in a safe place.
Never give out your card number or Social Security number to any solicitor.
To destroy a card, cut it vertically through the account number and advise your financial institution in writing that the card is no longer wanted.
Sign cards, and destroy expired cards.
Treat cards as if they were cash. Do not carry unnecessary cards.
Never leave cards or card receipts in cars.
At home, keep cards out of sight.
Make sure after each purchase the card is returned, and make sure it is the right card.
Never lend a card to a friend.
Keep a copy of receipts and check them against monthly statements.
If requested, provide a merchant with identification.
Contact your financial institution immediately if you notice fraudulent activity on your monthly statement.
Always notify your financial institution immediately if a card is lost or stolen. Also, call the police and request a case number, which should then be provided to the financial institution.
Possibly the greatest sources of credit cards, checks and other negotiable items to fraud artists are mailboxes. Consider a locking device for your mailbox.