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Credit Card Fraud

There are many ways to commit credit card fraud. One of the most common ways is Identity Theft when someone uses your Social Security number or other personal information to open a credit card in your name. Some scammers will resort to stealing your mail or skimming your credit card information at stores or gas stations to commit this type of fraud. If you see unfamiliar accounts on your credit report, notice strange withdrawals from your bank account, or get bills for credit cards you don’t have, a scammer may have stolen your information. Report it to your local police department immediately and contact the Postal Inspection Service.

Gas Pump Warning

Gas pumps are often a target of credit card scammers. Watch to see how Postal Inspectors caught a scammer.

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Identity theft can occur without a person realizing it. Watch to see how one woman caught the identity thieves in the act.

Protect Yourself From Credit Card Scams:

  • Don't leave your credit card unattended

    Never leave your credit card lying around and don’t lend your card to anyone—not even your kids or a roommate.

  • Request credit reports annually

    Request your credit report from each credit bureau at least once a year. Knowing what’s on your credit report can help protect you from credit card scams.

  • Keep financial information secure

    Keep a record of your account numbers, their expiration dates, and the phone number to report fraud in a secure place.

  • Shred important documents

    Shred important documents like your credit card, receipts, or important credit card documents before throwing them away.

Have You Witnessed This Scam?

If you’ve witnessed or been affected by credit card scams, we want to help. File a report with the Postal Inspection Service, contact your local police department and your credit reporting bureau.

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