As you head out of town, your debit card may come in handy to buy anything from plane tickets to toothpaste. While your debit card is a fast and convenient way to pay, it is important to understand how to help protect your money when traveling.
Let us know if you are headed out of town.
One of the ways we protect you is to block suspicious transactions, including unexpected out-of-town purchases. Your call will save you the inconvenience of possibly having your card declined.
Clean out your wallet.
Carrying a lot of credit and debit cards on vacation only increases the likelihood that one of them will become lost or stolen. Take only what you need and make sure your limits are high enough to cover all expenses.
Always be mindful of your personal security when accessing an ATM.
Put your money and your card away immediately after making a withdrawal. Count your money later, out of public view. Extra tip: If you can’t find an ATM and need cash, ask for cash back when you use your debit card for purchases at retail locations.
Put your receipts in your pocket — not the bag.
It’s common to end up with a lot of receipts when traveling. Even though receipts don’t typically display full account numbers, a thief can still do a lot with the information. Crooks can also use receipts to make fraudulent returns linked to you.
Monitor your account frequently.
Checking your account balance is a great way to combat fraud. Monitor all transactions coming in or out of your account from a computer or mobile device with Online and Mobile Banking. Register your debit card with Brella™ and receive alerts regarding your debit card transactions to watch for potential fraud. You can also temporarily block a lost or stolen debit card.
Report a lost or stolen card immediately.
For immediate assistance with your debit card, call us at (573) 722-3517 during normal business hours or call SHAZAM® Card Services at (800) 383-8000 for 24-hour support. Be sure to record these numbers before your trip and keep them in a safe place.
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