Card Fraud: Are You In A High-risk Category?

September 29, 2012 |  by  |  Crime, eCommerce

One of the most prominent crimes to come about in the internet age has to be identity theft. Since 2006, the rate of victims has been increasing steadily. Statistically the victims tend to be older, males with higher income. Also internet use has a positive correlation to the likeliness of being victimized by this crime. You shouldn’t be discouraged from online shopping though, it’s one of the cheapest, most efficient ways of finding items that you want to buy. It just means that you should keep in mind that card fraud does exist and it is in fact flourishing.

Things to keep in mind to keep you safe from fraud – Check to see if there is a padlock symbol at the top of the browser, make sure the web address starts with https, use credit cards instead of debit (makes it easier to spot if things are wrong and plus no funds are taken immediately), visit for advice on making payments online, and make sure the website you are visiting has an address and land-line phone number that works. In general it’s not a bad thing to heed on the side of caution when it comes to your identity being stolen! Don’t be a victim. [Infographic created by Ultra Magicard. View original: Card Fraud Infographic.]

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  • Steve Stewart

    ID Theft is a big problem and compromised cards are another (they aren’t the same but they live in the same Fear Camp).

    I would like to point out the section that stated the “more you use the Internet” isn’t a fair assumption: The quantity of people who use the internet is the majority anyway. I would like to see a stat on mobile vs non-mobile ID Theft. That would be cool.

    I also want to politely pay disagree with the statement “use a credit card instead of debit”. My wife & I take many precautions to protect out ID and financials, yet we had 3 debit cards compromised in 15 months. In every case the banks reversed the charges immediately without hesitation.
    Conversally, I have a family member that had fraudulent transactions on a credit card and that bank refused to reverse the charges and told her to take it up with the vendor that approved the charges. This goes against Visa’s Zero Liability Policy and went nowhere!

    Debit cards with the Visa and Master card logo on them have the exact same protections as a credit card when used like a credit card – Visa says so. I would rather deal with my bank (wants to keep my business) than a stupid credit card company that doesn’t want to do the work and would rather I didn’t pay the balance so they can charge me interest.

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