The NT Daily recently reported that some UNT students have been the victims of credit card fraud this semester after eating at fast-food restaurants near campus. Goebel shares his suggestions to avoid becoming another victim of this growing crime.
- Use common sense
Share your credit card information only on a "need to know" basis.
- Use only secure servers
Before entering personal credit card information online ensure you are dealing with a secure site. Secure web addresses start with "https". Sites that start with "http" are not secured.
- Avoid using public computers
If you are using a computer that other people can access, more than likely they can access your credit card information if you entered it on the computer. Be careful and use personal computers for your online purchases.
- Check your statements
Don't have blind faith that every credit card bill is correct. Review each statement and reconcile every purchase with receipts before paying a credit card bill. Any purchase you cannot account for may be evidence of fraudulent use of your credit card information.
- Use a shredder
Simply ripping up credit card receipts and statements before throwing them in the trash is the easiest way for someone searching through dumpsters or garbage cans to access your credit card information. Use a confetti or cross-cut shredder for the highest level of secured shredding.