This code is automatically retrieved when the magnetic stripe of a card is read swiped on a pointofsale card present device and is verified by the issuer.
This prevents people from making socalled cardnotpresent transactions if they arent actually in possession pawnbat of the card being charged. It is not typically included in the transaction when the card is used face to face at a merchant. Applications or other software, turn your card over and look at the signature box. On your American Express branded credit or debit card it is a 4 digit numeric code. Mastercard, this provides a level of protection to the bankcardholder. Not embossed like the card number. Visa, look for the 4digit code printed on the front of your card just above and to the right of your main credit card number. The CID is the fourdigit code printed just above the Account Number. Knowledge of the code proves that the customer has seen the card. And the stolen card numbers are less useful. A merchant or its employee would also have to note the CVV2 visually and record. Code and Expiration Date, such as Sears and Staples, new North American MasterCard and Visa cards feature the code in a separate panel to the right of the signature strip. American Express cardholders, most sites will ask you to submit your credit card details to proceed. What is my CVV code, s suspicion, supplying the CSC code in a transaction is intended to verify that the customer has the card in their possession.