Quick Tip to Protect your ATM Card
It's not uncommon these days for your
ATM card issued by your bank to also
be your Visa or Mastercard
account access device as well.
Identity thieves, unfortunately, know this all to
well. They use speed to their advantage to rapidly
charge purchases with busy merchants who do not
always check for photo id.
So, here's our quick tip to prevent identity theft:
Instead of signing the back of your credit/debit card,
write "check photo id" in the signature block.
Many banks now issue credit/debit cards that display
your photograph on the front. If that's an option with
your bank, consider doing it. Both of these practices
make it more difficult for a thief to use your card in
Even if your card does not contain an embedded photo
of yourself, this practice still makes it more
difficult for the identity thief to copy your
signature from the card.