TORONTO, June 28, 2011 /CNW/ - With the Canada Day long weekend in
sight, Visa is offering consumers tips on how to protect themselves
from card fraud when travelling this summer. The website www.VisaSecuritySense.ca provides helpful information for cardholders on how to protect their
account information and resolve unauthorized card use.
"Visa cardholders can be confident in the security of their cards,
whether they are at home or away," said Gord Jamieson, Head of Payment
System Risk, Visa Canada. "However, card security is a shared
responsibility so it's a good idea for cardholders to learn how to
protect their cards."
While enjoying summer vacations at home or abroad, it's important to
know that Canadian Visa card issuers provide important consumer
protections including fraud liability protection and dispute
resolution. Savvy consumers can visit www.VisaSecuritySense.ca to find out more about Visa's security features and how to better
protect themselves from the inconvenience of unauthorized card use
"By spending a few moments building card security into their travel
plans, Canadians can enjoy even greater peace of mind as they head out
to enjoy their summer vacations," added Jamieson.
VisaSecuritySense.ca offers consumers the following tips when travelling:
If travelling outside Canada, make sure you call to inform the financial
institution that issued your card which countries you will be visiting,
and for how long.
Check your cards - know your expiry dates, account balance and amount of
credit available to you, so you won't be caught short with a card that
expires while you're away, or not have enough credit to cover your trip
Keep a copy of your financial institution's customer service phone
numbers, and your Visa account number in a convenient place - separate
from your card. Toll-free numbers may not work internationally. If you
don't have your financial institution issuer's direct number, you can
call Visa's help line collect at 1-303-967-1096 or 410-581-3836.
Report lost or stolen cards and/or unauthorized transactions to your
financial institution issuer immediately.
Limit the number of payment cards and other personal information that
you carry in your wallet or purse while travelling.
Be aware of your surroundings when entering your Personal Identification
Number (PIN) at an ABM or at the checkout.
As always, save and check all receipts against your statement.
Cardholders can also turn to www.VisaSecuritySense.ca for news about fraud scams, access helpful resources or find help to
Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers,
businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200
countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable digital
currency. Underpinning digital currency is one of the world's most
advanced processing networks—VisaNet—that is capable of handling more
than 20,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for
consumers and guaranteed payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and
does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for
consumers. Visa's innovations, however, enable its financial
institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with
debit, ahead of time with prepaid or later with credit products. For
more information, visit www.corporate.visa.com.
SOURCE VISA Canada Corporation
For further information:
Carla Hindman, Visa Canada