Spike in Bluff bank card fraud

CARD fraud and skimming has been on a rise in the Bluff, according to Brighton Beach SAPS.

Police provided the following guidelines to minimise the risk of individuals falling prey to the scam.

* Subscribe to your bank’s SMS notification service, as this will enable you to respond promptly to any suspicious transactions.

* Store your bank’s call centre number on your mobile device, to enable you to block your card in the event that it is lost of stolen, without delay.

* Report your lost or stolen card immediately.

* Always keep your card in your line of sight when swiping it or making an ATM withdrawal, to ensure it is returned to you and is not swapped out.

READ: South Coast Road ATM conmen withdraw R7,800 from victim’s account

* On receiving your card from the bank, be sure to sign on the back panel in the space provided. This can prevent any other person from taking ownership or trying to use it.

* Always check transaction slips to see that they reflect the correct purchase amounts before you sign them.

* Retain your payment receipts and check them against your bank statement.

* Should your card be retained at an ATM, contact your bank but stop the card before you leave the ATM.

* Review all transactions reflected on your bank statement.

* When shopping online, only place orders using secure websites.

* Do not forward your card information, including your card number and expiry date, via e-mail.

* Never store your PIN and bank card in the same place.

Lauren Beukes

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