Protect your credit card data, police warn
(CS) Luxembourg police warn credit and debit card holders to protect their personal identification number, or PIN, making sure not use a secure number and keeping the number secret.
Police warn card holders not to use a simple PIN, such as 0123, 9876 or their birthday, and never to store a copy of the number together with the card.
Ideally, money should be withdrawn at cash machines located in a bank, always making sure the the ATM does not look tempered with. When this is not possible, police advise to ensure that no-one can see the PIN pad when you type in your number. Additionally, cards should be replaced in the wallet immediately and not left out of sight.
Card holders should regularly check that all their cards are in place.
Should your card be stuck in the machine, immediately notify bank staff, or, if withdrawing money elsewhere call the emergency number to have your card blocked.
Police warn of so-called card trapping, when a suspect places a sling around the card slot, leading the next inserted card to be blocked. A second suspect then pretends to help the victim, while actually trying to obtain the PIN and the card.
Should you notice such a scam, police urge victims to remain calm, as suspects can be violent, and alert bank staff or police as soon as possible.
Receipts should be kept so that bank statements can be double checked. Should there be any unusual activity, card holders should contact their bank.
When shopping online, users should consider getting a separate card, with a lower credit limit. Should data be stolen, damage will at least be limited.