What is the Security Code?
It is a new feature for credit cards
designed especially for Internet security. It now appears on the back of most
Visa and MasterCards, and on the front of American Express cards. The security
code helps validate that the account is legitimate and the customer placing the
online order actually has the credit card in their possession.How
does my Security Code protect me?
The security code is only printed on
the card and it is not contained in the magnetic strip information nor does it
appear on sales receipts or billing statements - a huge safeguard for the card
holder. In theory, these numbers are only visible to you. When you enter your
Card Security Code, you assist the merchant in verifying that the order is being
placed by you.Do I have to enter this Security Code?
code is printed on your card, it must be entered. Visa, MasterCard, 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. Remember,
this is done for your protection. Where can I find this Security
- Visa, Mastercard & Discover Cards – 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 Cards – 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.