theft of credit. But becoming a victim is not your fault. What matters is that you know what to do next.
What to Do After a Credit Card Is Stolen
As soon as you notice that your credit card has been stolen, you need to
telephone your credit card company and tell them to cancel the card. In
this way, whoever took the card will not be able to make transactions
with it. Additionally, you need to run through the last transactions
noted on the card to make sure the thief hasn't already used it. Of
course, don't forget to phone the police as well.
A bigger danger than the immediate theft of the balance of your credit
card, however, is the theft of your identity. This is why you should
also sign up to a protection against credit theft
service. Unfortunately, there isn't a service on this planet that can
100% prevent this crime from happening. What these services do is to monitor your credit file for certain activity that could indicate identity theft, like applying for a new credit card or a loan. When detected, you receive a prompt alert so you can investigate and take precautionary measures if you do suspect fraud.
This notification, or alert, is vital. An alert is sent out to you promptly. This means that you may be able to notify the company
who left a search on your credit file of the fact that this is actually a
case of stolen identity. As a result, they will no longer send the
product out. They will also be able to liaise with the proper
authorities, as they may now have an address of the culprit.