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2 Methods How To Dispose Of A Credit Card (Complete With Pictures) - How To Dispose Of A Credit Card - If a bank or credit card account expires, you will have to dispose of your old card safely and securely. To confirm your credit card status, call your bank representative, before destroying your credit card. The contact number is usually labeled at the back side. Thoroughly destroy the card to ensure that it is unusable and limit the possibilities of any fraud. Demagnetise the magnetic strip, destroy the chip, cut up the card, and then dispose of the fragments in multiple bags.

Destroying the Card

How to Dispose of a Credit Card: 6 Steps (with Pictures)

Demagnetise the magnetic strip. To safely dispose of an old card you need to first disable the magnetic strip which contains all of your personal data, such as your account number, card limit, and name. You need to demagnetize this strip to help make the card unusable by anybody. You can do this by running a magnet all the way along the strip.

Do this slowly so that the magnet is against the strip for a good amount of time.

You can use any magnet. A fridge magnet will do the job.

You can then cut along the strip with a pair of scissors.

How to Dispose of a Credit Card: 6 Steps (with Pictures)

Destroy the chip. You also need to destroy the chip in your card, if you have a chip and PIN card. This is a small silver or gold square usually on the left-hand side of your card. This chip contains all the same personal information that the magnetic strip does. It can be difficult to cut it up with scissors, so use a hammer to smash the chip into small pieces.

How to Dispose of a Credit Card: 6 Steps (with Pictures)

Cut it up. Once you have disabled the magnetic strip and electronic chip you can begin to cut up the rest of the card. Take care when you do this to ensure that you cut it up effectively and make it as hard as possible to be pieced back together. Begin by cutting up the numbers on the card so that there is no more than two numbers on each piece of card.

Then cut up the security code and signature on the back of the card into very small pieces.

Cut it up with bent, curved, and straight cuts which will make it harder to piece back together.

Disposing of the Card

How to Dispose of a Credit Card: 6 Steps (with Pictures)

Throw away the pieces separately. You can dispose of your card more safely by throwing away the various pieces of it separately. You don’t need to put each fragment in a separate trash bag, but don’t put them all in the same one. If you spread the card fragments around a few different bags, it would take an awful lot of work to recover all the pieces.

If you are throwing away any related documentation, such as account statements or receipts, don’t put these in the same bag as any card fragments.

How to Dispose of a Credit Card: 6 Steps (with Pictures)

Consider destroying documentation. If you are closing an account, you may want to destroy documentation related to it. This includes statements or receipts which include personal information about you and your account. Use a cross-shredder if you have access to one. This is the most thorough way to destroy papers.

You can then recycle the shredded paper, but remember that recycling is no safer than the ordinary trash.

Be sure to shred papers before putting them into recycling.

How to Dispose of a Credit Card: 6 Steps (with Pictures)

Incinerate anything that remains. If you want to be completely sure that your card and all the related documentation is completely destroyed, you can always incinerate it yourself. It is generally not advisable to burn the card itself, as the materials it is made from may contain harmful substances, such as hydrochloric acid, sulfur dioxide, dioxins, furans and heavy metals, as well as particulates, which will be released when burns.

Burning papers and bills is a way to guarantee that nobody will be able to read them.

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