How to find your credit card's security code

Make any purchase these days where your credit card isn't physically swiped and you're sure to be asked for the security code that goes with your credit card. This small block of numbers, ranging from 3-4 digits, add security to your card and help prevent fraudulent use. On most cards the security code is located on the back, to the right of the signature block, but since it can move around here's an easy way to find the security code on any credit card.

Another important thing to remember is that while websites and order forms will call your credit card's security code one of the following 5 abbreviations; CSC, CVV, CV2, CVC or CCV, they are all looking for the same thing. Here's how to find the security code on any credit card in a matter of seconds.With Visa, MasterCard or Discover you can flip your card over and look for a block of numbers to the right of the signature block. In a box there you will likely see 3 numbers; this is your credit card security code. If you see more than three numbers, like a 19 digit number or a seven digit number, look at the last three; that's your security code. If you have an American Express card, your security code is located on the front of the card to the left or the right of the credit card number.

For an even faster way to find the security code on your credit card check out's security code finder. Just click on a picture of your credit card issuer and they will show you a sample card with an arrow pointing out your security code.

How does this code help stop fraud? Well, because the security code is not embedded in the magnetic strip that is read by card readers it is assumed that the person providing it has the actual card and hasn't stolen a credit card number. Like all credit card information, you should be sure to keep your credit card security code private. Treat this code as you would your credit card number and only enter it on secure websites or provide it to retailers you trust.
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