Don’t Just Trash Your Cards in the Garbage
Our credit cards are getting smarter with embedded microchips and other security features, and so are credit card scammers and con artists. The magnetic strip and microchip on credit cards hold vital information and they can cause a serious data breach if they end up in the wrong hands.
It’s better to be safe than sorry. I have created a short video demonstrating how to destroy credit cards properly so scammers aren’t able to extract any information out of them. You can follow those steps I showed in the video to cut your credit cards properly. Here are some highlights you need to keep in mind:
– Never get rid of credit cards if everything is intact.
– Cut them into small pieces as shown in the video.
– Make sure the microchip, magnetic strip, name, numbers, and signature are completely destroyed.
– When you are done destroying, do not put them in one garbage bag or bin.
– Place the cards into several garbage bags over the course of several days.
– This way, no single person can obtain all the pieces and arrange them together.
Am I being overly paranoid? You may say so. However, if you talk to those who had their identity stolen, they will tell you that it turned their lives upside down and these little steps of precaution are nothing compared to the consequences you would face had your personal information ended up in the wrong hands.
To safeguard your valuable personal information, online and otherwise, always be cautious and use vigilance. Use your common sense as your first line of defence and then some.