How do I spot a fake credit card?

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How do I spot a fake credit card?
There are ways to spot fake credit cards. (credit card image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

Credit cards are one of the hallmarks of modern civilisation. Unfortunately, as this almost universal use of credit cards has come into being, criminals have stepped in to take advantage. This can range from stealing cards to overcharging customers. Another way they take advantage of credit card use is by creating fake ones. Many of the fake credit cards are difficult for a teller of clerk to discern from the real thing. However, there are some signs to look for in a fake card, especially among the four major ones.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Examine a Discover card for the following: The embossed numbers on the front should be easy to read and partly cover the rectangular hologram on the right. They should always begin with "6000." The hologram itself is a rough spherical shape made of separate parts. It should turn as you turn the card. The number embossed on the front is repeated on the back and is followed by a three-digit security number.

  2. 2

    Examine a American Express card for the following: The embossed numbers should be clear and easy to read, covering the portrait in the centre. The numbers should always start with "37." The portrait should be sharp and very detailed. The number on the back should match the one on the front.

  3. 3

    Examine a Visa card for the following: The embossed numbers on the front should be easy to read and partly cover the rectangular hologram on the right. The number should always begin with "4." The print numbers below these should be the same as the first four in the embossed number. The dove in the hologram should move when you move the card. Compare the signature on the back of the card to that on the sales receipt the customer signed.

  4. 4

    Examine a MasterCard for the following: The embossed numbers on the front should be easy to read and partly cover the rectangular hologram on the right. The number of the card must match the sales receipt and must start with "5." The word "MasterCard" is repeatedly printed at an angle under the signature on the back.

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