The unauthorized use of a credit/debit card, or card number, to fraudulently obtain money or property is considered credit card fraud. Credit/debit card numbers can be stolen from unsecured websites, or can be obtained in an identity theft scheme.
Beware of providing credit card information when requested through unsolicited emails.
Do your research to ensure legitimacy of the individual or company.
Don't trust a site just because it claims to be secure.
Ensure a site is secure and reputable before providing your credit card number online.
If purchasing merchandise, ensure it is from a reputable source.
Only use one credit card (not debit card) for Internet transactions.
Promptly reconcile credit card statements to avoid unauthorized charges.
Visit the website of any of the 3 credit bureaus Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion, for more information or to place a fraud alert on your credit report. If you need to obtain your yearly free credit reports from each of these agencies view the Free Credit Reports page.