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Guard Your Card

The ease of paying with a credit card has made our lives much simpler, especially with the holiday shopping sprees.  Our wallets fatten with receipts, and tracking our expenses is made easier and more precise. 

On a day-to-day basis, how many times do you swipe your plastic?  Twice?  More than five times?  Now here’s something to consider.  How often do you actually give your credit card to a complete stranger and let them just walk away with it?  Never is what you’d like to say.  But is that true?  What about the last time you went out to eat at a restaurant and paid with your card?  Your card walked away from you and with it, your account number and signature.

Smithfield Police Department has some advice for you.  The internet makes the use of credit cards very impersonal and places you at risk, even if your actual card is never stolen…so protect yourself. 

We advise that you use cash to pay your bill at the restaurant.  If you do not have cash, walk with your server to the register.  They will understand.  Don’t feel you’re putting them out.  Their tip rides on your satisfaction as a customer.  Besides, it’s your card!

Guard yourself and keep your card within your control.  For tips on protecting yourself from fraud, visit: www.bankrate.com/brm/news/cc/20020612a.asp

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