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Preventing Credit Card Fraud*

  • Sign cards when they arrive, so no one can forge your signature on the cards and use them.
  • Keep copies of all sales slips. Open credit card bills promptly and compare the sales slips with the charges on your bill.
  • Promptly report any suspicious or unauthorized charges to the card issuer.
  • Never give your credit card number over the phone unless you have made the call and you know the company is reputable.
  • Draw a line through blank spaces on charge slips. Do not sign a blank charge slip.
  • Destroy carbons and incorrect charge slips.
  • Keep a record of your card numbers and expiration dates and the phone number of the card issuer in a safe place.

To order free brochures on credit, contact the Federal Trade Commission, Public Reference Section, 6th and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 130, Washington, D.C. 20580, (202) 326-2222.

To file a complaint, contact the Illinois Attorney General's Office or your local Better Business Bureau.

* Courtesy of The U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs

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