My Debit Card Number Was Stolen – Don’t Be a Victim

My Debit Card Number Was Stolen – Don’t Be a Victim

Like many people, I have an ATM/Debit card that I use for a variety of purchases and to occasionally use to get cash out of an ATM.

However, I was recently the victim of attempted fraud where someone had gotten ahold of my debit card information (number, expiration, etc.), put it on a fake card and attempted to use it. One small problem for the criminal, my bank, USAA, uses advanced technologies to monitor my  accounts and I was notified of the fraudulent activity almost immediately. According to the fraud analyst I spoke with, someone in Florida attempted to buy $100+ of product at a Wal-Mart using a physical card. Fortunately, they declined the charge and alerted me. I imagine that the red flags went off when I used my card on the same day in California and minutes later the attempt was made in Florida.

Which begs the question, what can you do to protect yourself from such a crime? Here are some tips:

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