Prepaid Credit Cards
March 6, 2015
Prepaid Credit Cards (Secured Credit Cards):
There are basically two kinds of credit cards available for the people, who have a bad credit. These are the prepaid cards and the secured credit cards. So, if you have a bad credit history, and require a credit card for yourself, you can check out both the cards.
Some Information on Prepaid and Secured Credit Cards
Both these cards are separate and are not to be mixed. While, both these cards require money to be deposited prior to using them, they are quite different from each other in all the other aspects. For getting the secured credit card, one will need to make security deposits against credit limits, so that the card can be approved. This security deposit is kept in the savings account, and will be used when there is a default on payment on the credit card. The purchases that are made with these cards will go against the revolving credit limit. When the credit card balance is paid off, the available credit increases again. The security deposit is there on these cards because of the bad credit history of the borrower.
Prepaid cards work in a different way. These are actually not credit cards, as there is not credit limit. The deposit made on the card goes straight into the account, and when the card is swiped for purchases, the balance is deducted directly. So, when the deposit is spent, one would have to redeposit the money, so that he can start spending again.
The fees on these two cards vary. The fees on the secured card is quite similar to that of credit card, with application and annual fees, late fees, and finance charges. Some of these fees can actually be avoided if the card is used responsibly. The fees on the prepaid cards depend upon the card that you choose. It could have monthly maintenance fees, activation fees, etc. Other than that, fees might have to be paid for reloading the money, and withdrawing the money from ATM.
So, the choice of the card is totally dependent on you. If you wish to improve the credit score, you should go for the secured credit card. These cards can be converted into unsecured cards after the completion of 12 or 18 monthly payments. And, for people, who wish to avoid the banks, can choose to go for the prepaid cards. These are also good for the students and teenagers, who get monthly allowance from the parents.
These cards can be a great way to make your payments and, if they report to the credit bureaus, build your good car credit.
Preventing Credit Fraud
December 27, 2014
Preventing Credit Fraud
Credit card fraud has become quite common, and it happens in various ways. Even though, preventing credit fraud might not always be easy, one can try to create obstacles so that it cannot be misused.
How Does Card Fraud Happen?
Well, it is quite easy, due to the growing use of technology and online transactions. Anybody can hack the net and get hold of the credit card numbers and other account information. In fact, the thieves can also get hold of the discarded credit card statements, and use the information for purchasing online.
So, How Can You Prevent Credit Fraud?
Well, all it takes for preventing credit fraud is to follow some practices in the daily routines, and daily lives:
• Make a note of the account numbers, credit card numbers, expiration dates, and the phone numbers, so that you can report the fraud, when it happens.
• Do not lend the credit card to anybody. And, don’t leave the card, statements or receipts anywhere. Try to shred the statements and receipts, when they are no longer required.
• Do not reveal the account numbers to anybody over the phone.
• Do not stuff the cards in the wallet. Try to keep them separately so that they do not get stolen along with everything else. If you have multiple cards, carry only what is required, and not everything else.
• Keep a close watch on the card, when the card is being swiped in. Also, ensure that you retrieve the card back, soon after the transaction is done.
• Never sign on blank receipts. And, try to save the receipt stubs so that you can compare them with the statement.
• Keep checking your statement online, so that you can reconcile them, more promptly.
• And, if you see any questionable charges, report it to the card issuer immediately.
• Also, if there are any address changes, or travel plans, inform the card issuer.
• Do not write the account number anywhere.
• While using the public computer, try to remove the history so that the account number information does not get saved anywhere.
Well, these were some of the fool proof methods for preventing credit fraud. When you follow these steps, you would be able to remain safe and secured. And, in case your card gets lost or stolen, report it immediately to the card issuer, so that it gets blocked by the issuer, and is not misused further.