Is It Wise To Sign My Credit Card on the Back?


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Should I Sign the Back of My Credit Card?

Margo from North Carolina asks: “Is it wise to sign my credit card on the back?”

Clark’s Take on Whether You Should Sign the Back of Your Credit Card

Clark says: “Yes it is, and it’s very important to do so. If you don’t sign your credit card on the back and you inadvertently leave it somewhere or someone steals it, they sign their impression of your name and the signature will look perfect every time.”

“Please sign that card, even though it seems nobody ever looks at our signatures anymore. But you know who does? The [U.S.] Postal Service,” Clark says. “They even have a sign in a lot of post offices that they won’t accept a card for payment that doesn’t have a signature.”

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