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Just yesterday (14 hours ago!) I was explaining to my father the importance of using fraud detection measures that notify every time a financial transaction is made. So this is remarkably apropos.
Preventing Financial Fraud via Text Notifications
For some years I’ve used an excellent feature provided by my Chase credit card: every time a charge is made, I get a text message.
For example, I fill my fuel tank, and seconds later my phone dings confirming the charge.
The idea is that when a charge is made that is fraudulent, I’ll notice it instantly. Today, my card was used fraudulently. After checking with my wife (same card number), I confirmed that it was fraudulent. The card was canceled within 30 minutes of the charge (which was denied), and a replacement credit card arrives tomorrow.
In this day and age of nothing being secure, such measures are mandatory—it’s only a matter of time before your accounts of any and all kinds are compromised—not if, but when.
Two-factor authentication is also a very good idea.
Check with your bank/brokerage about getting text alerts and emails for account activity. It might save you a headache—or your life savings.
BTW, do NOT call the phone number in a text message—look it up or dial it from a previous contact—it could be a faked text message.
We don’t shop at Kohl’s, so this one was an immediate red flag.