Applying For Credit Cards Online
More and more people are applying for credit cards online. With the plethora of different means for which you can apply for your desired card, companies really try to make it easy for you to apply for their credit card. Along with online auctions, and shopping, signing up for credit cards, loans and insurance has been one of the fastest growing commercial activities on the net. Part of the reason is the speed and convenience of doing so. Another part of the reason is that you can find out the offers of a huge number of providers all at one place and judge which is the best very easily.
Applying for credit cards online can be an extremely simple process. Most credit card providers have websites that give you all of the necessary information to make your decision. If you are looking for a credit card, all you need do is visit their site and judge for yourself if the terms are acceptable. You have access to a huge number of card providers online so if you want to shop around it couldn’t be easier. There are even websites that specialise in comparing different rates and different categories of card which make your selection process even easier. For example, if you want a credit card that provides a good balance transfer rate, then you can search these specific cards. Or if you want a card that has a good reward scheme, low interest rates on purchases, or any other speciality, then it will all be there at your finger tips.
Once you have decided on a card, click the link to the card providers website or application form and fill in your details. You will be asked for all your personal details, and usually that is all. The rest of the information, the card providers can access themselves through your credit report. They will take your application and review it and do a credit check. If they are satisfied that you are a good risk, they will accept your application. While this is all done in the same way as any other form of credit application, because it is online it is secure, and also a lot faster. You do not have to wait for the application to get to them in the post and it is a lot more difficult for would be fraudsters to intercept the information.
Once the card provider has accepted your application, they will mail out the necessary documents which you should read, sign and return. Within a week, they can have sent you your card, and your pin in two separate letters and the process is complete; you have just been accepted for a new credit card.
There are some rules to credit card use that you should also be aware of, determined by the type of card that you have. Normally 0% balance transfer credit cards when you are transferring balances have the basic rule of not spending on the card – anything that you spend will accumulate interest, while you continue to pay the transferred balance. In effect, negating the point of the 0% transfer.
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Are You Worried About Credit Card Fraud
Are you worried about your credit card or debt card being stolen? You’re not alone, it’s estimated that 51% of people in the UK are concerned about their credit and debt cards being stolen. Credit card fraud is a consent worry, and with more people using their cards as there main source of paying for services and goods. It gives the criminals many more chances too get information from our cards.
Credit card fraud is not new, the companies seem to be getting a head on how to stop the criminals, and then they come up with a new way it’s a never-ending problem. Credit card skimming is just one of the problems, that is where they take the information from the magnetic strip and transfer it on to another card. The companies are trying hard to fight back and they have hit back with the chip & pin card, which seems to be reducing fraud but give it time no doubt the criminals will find a way around that.
There are ways to help yourself with credit and debt card fraud, below are some useful tips in keeping the criminals at bay.
• Never let your credit or debt card out of your sight
• Never keep your Pin number with your card
• Don’t give your Pin number out to anyone
• When withdrawing money from an ATM machine make sure no one can see your Pin number
• Check bank statements very carefully any problems contact bank immediately
• Paying for goods with your card double check the amount before entering Pin
• Keep chequebook and cards separate at all times
• Report your lost or stolen cards immediately
• Make sure you destroy statements and old cards properly, leaving no account numbers visible
The tips above will help you to fight credit or debt card fraud but we have to be vigilant at all times. As I said earlier with more people paying for goods and services with there cards, it gives the criminals more opportunities to get our information so it’s up to us to do what we can. With online shopping becoming very popular a lot of us worry about paying for goods over the net, credit card companies are trying to put our minds at rest. With most of them giving you extra fraud cover most give this cover free, but some do charge you so just check with your credit card company.
Credit and debt cards are here to stay so lets hope in the near future that the credit card companies, can rid us of credit card fraud but I am afraid it’s big business costing us millions every year.