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Traveling with your Debit Card

Published on June 20, 2023

Traveling with your Debit Card

Keeping your debit card safe while traveling is essential to protect your finances and ensure a worry-free trip. Here are some tips to help you keep your debit card secure:

 

1. Inform your bank: Before you travel, notify your bank or financial institution about your travel plans. Provide them with the dates and destinations of your trip to ensure that your card activity is not flagged as suspicious.

2. Use secure ATMs: When withdrawing cash from ATMs, choose machines located in well-lit, secure areas such as inside banks or reputable establishments. Avoid using ATMs that appear to be tampered with or in remote locations.

3. Protect your PIN: Keep your Personal Identification Number (PIN) confidential at all times. Memorize it and avoid writing it down or sharing it with anyone. When entering your PIN at an ATM or point-of-sale terminal, shield the keypad from prying eyes or hidden cameras.

4. Be cautious of public Wi-Fi: Avoid using public Wi-Fi networks, especially when accessing online banking or making financial transactions. Public Wi-Fi networks can be unsecured, making your personal information vulnerable to hackers. Instead, use your mobile data connection or a trusted, secure network.

5. Monitor your account activity: Regularly check your account statements or use online/mobile banking to monitor your transactions. Report any unauthorized or suspicious activity to your bank immediately.

6. Keep it close: Keep your debit card securely in your possession at all times. Avoid leaving it unattended or in easily accessible places, such as hotel rooms or unlocked bags. Consider using a secure money belt or wallet that provides additional protection against theft.

7. Use card security features: Take advantage of the security features provided by your debit card, such as EMV chips. These chips provide encryption and make it harder for criminals to clone or skim your card information.

8. Secure your card information: Be cautious when making purchases or using your card in public. Shield your card information when entering it into point-of-sale terminals, and ensure that the payment devices appear legitimate and free from any suspicious attachments.

 

To learn more about how to keep your finances secure visit our fraud and security center

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