|What is the Card Verification Number or Security Code?|
It is an important new security feature that now appears on the back of
most Visa and MasterCards, 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/debit card account is legitimate.
The security code is only printed on 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.
|Do I have to enter this Security Code?|
this code is printed on your card, YES, you must enter the code. 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. This is done for your
|Where can I find the this Security Code?|
Visa and Mastercard Users
American Express Credit Card Users