Hot Theft Item: Your Credit Card Receipts

How many times do you toss out your credit card receipts without even thinking about it?

After all, only the last four digits of your credit card number appear on them. What can anyone do with just that information? Apparently, a lot. warns consumers to treat their credit card receipts as though they carry sensitive information.

Scam artists who get hold of your receipts can use those last four digits of your credit card number to try to get the other numbers.

They do this by tracking down your phone number, calling you and phishing for the rest of it--perhaps posing as your credit card issuer or utility company and asking for the full credit card number to verify an account.

Just remember this important fact: Your credit card company will never call you on the phone and ask you to provide the entire card number. If anyone else does this, it's a scam. Hang up.

And shred your credit card receipts when you no longer need them.

--From the Editors at Netscape

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