CREDIT CARD SECURITY CODE
What is the Security
It is an important new Internet security feature that now appears on the back of
most Visa/MasterCard and Discover cards, and on the front of American Express
cards. This new code is a three or four-digit number which provides a
cryptographic check of the information embossed on the card. The security code
helps validate that the customer placing the online order actually has the
credit card in his/her possession, and that the credit.
Where can I find the Security Code?
Visa/MasterCard and Discover Users - flip your card over and look at the
signature box. You should see either the entire 16-digit credit card number or
just the last four digits followed by a special 3-digit code. This 3-digit code
is your Card Security Code.
American Express Credit Card Users - look for the 4-digit code printed on the
front of your card just above and to the right of your main credit card number.
This 4-digit code is your Card Security Code.
Do I have to enter this Security Code?
If this code is printed on your card, YES, you must enter the code. Visa,
MasterCard, Discover and American Express now require Internet stores to obtain
the security code for all cards that have a code printed on them. In order for
this transaction to be accepted and processed, you must enter this code if it's
printed on your card. This is done for your protection.
How does my Security Code protect me?
The security code is only printed the card and it is not contained in the
magnetic stripe information nor does it appear on sales receipts or billing
statements - you must have the card in your possession in order to use this
code. Card Security Codes are not raised, so they are not scanned into standard
credit card readers. In theory, these numbers are only visible to you. When you
give your Card Security Code to a merchant, you assist the merchant in verifying
that the order is being placed by you, the card holder.