Video: Cutting up your card the right way

 

 

Whether your card just has a magnetic stripe, or a chip as well, there is a correct way to get rid of your card and destroy its information.

 

 Cut with scissors

You want to destroy all sensitive information when cutting a card with scissors. Draw vertical and horizontal lines on your card through the account number, name, security code, chip, and stripe. Then, cut along the lines and throw in the trash.

 

Shredder

A shredder works as a quick way to destroy a mag stripe only card. Only shred a chip card if the shredder can also shred CD’s. Otherwise it could break the shredder. In both cases, use a shredder ONLY if the card is plastic.

 

Mail back to issuer

If the card is metal or has a chip and you don’t want to cut it up, request a prepaid envelope from the issuer to send it back.Don’t throw it in the trash.

 

Destroying a card correctly keeps your information safe.

 

See related: Video: How closing your card affects your credit scoreEMV chip card torture testVideo: How EMV chips are made



Join the discussion
We encourage an active and insightful conversation among our users. Please help us keep our community civil and respectful. For your safety, do not disclose confidential or personal information such as bank account numbers or social security numbers. Anything you post may be disclosed, published, transmitted or reused.

If you are commenting using a Facebook account, your profile information may be displayed with your comment depending on your privacy settings. By leaving the 'Post to Facebook' box selected, your comment will be published to your Facebook profile in addition to the space below.

The editorial content on CreditCards.com is not sponsored by any bank or credit card issuer. The journalists in the editorial department are separate from the company's business operations. The comments posted below are not provided, reviewed or approved by any company mentioned in our editorial content. Additionally, any companies mentioned in the content do not assume responsibility to ensure that all posts and/or questions are answered.




Weekly newsletter
Get the latest news, advice, articles and tips delivered to your inbox. It's FREE.


Updated: 04-25-2018