Don’t sign your credit cards

Posted on September 18, 2006. Filed under: Advice |

Web site The Straight Dope has a brief Q&A on the subject of credit card security and whether or not you should sign the back of your credit cards. The verdict:

Don’t sign it. It’s useless as a deterrent, as anyone who takes your card then has a sample of your signature which they can not only use on any charge slip, but on your checks as well. However, do not leave the white strip blank. In that space, write: “Ask For Picture ID,” and be prepared to back that up someday when you’re in a hurry and the clerk wants to see a driver’s license as well as the card. It makes the charge transaction a little longer, but a lot safer.

One savvy reader had offered this tip before in a great identity theft thread, so if you’re looking for more methods of keeping your money and identity safe, you might want to check it out.

+ Should you sign the back of your credit cards? [The Straight Dope]

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