What is a credit card CVV or CVC number?
CVV is short for: card verification value or card verification code. It’s a three or four-digit number found on either the back or front of your credit card. The CVV is commonly referred to as your credit card’s security code because it’s an anti-fraud measure that must be entered when when making a purchase where you cannot enter your PIN or sign a receipt. For instance, you will be asked for your credit card’s CVV when completing an over-the-phone reservation or an online purchase.
Where do I find my credit card CVV number?
If you have a Visa or Mastercard branded credit or debit card, the credit card CVV will be a 3-digit number on the back of your card, next to your signature. If you’re using an American Express card, the CVV will be a four-digit number found on the front of your card next to your account number.
Credit card CVV scams
While the CVV number is in place to protect your credit card from fraudulent transactions or phishing scams when using your card for online or phone transactions, it’s important to know that you could still fall victim to a credit card scam. Only use your credit card on secure online or mobile sites and with trustworthy merchants. Monitor your credit card statements and report any suspicious transactions, immediately.