When you are travelling abroad, there is a possibility of indulging in a little expenditure, be it for shopping or staying in a hotel. However, there is a high possibility of being at the receiving end of financial fraud or damage if you are not careful. In this article we give you relative information on how to reduce financial damage with a forex card.
Forex cards are ideally used to avoid the problem of currency fluctuations. When you top up the card, you normally top it up with the value of the currency from the country you will be visiting. Thus if you many any financial transactions in that country, you will be charged with the currency conversion rate at the time when the card was topped up. Therefore if the conversion rate is high you will not be at a loss by paying the higher amount. However, there is a high chance you will lose out if the conversion rate is low.
A forex card has a limited amount of funds on the card. If you finish the funds on this card, there is a long process of reloading finance on the card which can be done only from the home country. Thus, this prevents you from over expenditure during your purchases. It also works beneficially to your advantage if the card is stolen or lost. If the card is stolen or lost, it can be remotely blocked. In such a case, the remaining funds can be transferred into the replacement card. Also, if there is any remaining funds in the card it can be transferred back into your account once you return back to your home country.
PIN Protected Cards
When you apply for this card, you normally receive a PIN code with it. This code can only be used by you alone and no one else. This code is created to prevent un-authorized usage of your card, without your knowledge. Any financial transactions will only take place once the PIN is used on the machine. This PIN can be changed only by you as long as the banking institute is aware of it. If there is any change in the PIN code, you will be immediately informed of it.
Updates on your Phone
If you are using you phone when you are travelling abroad, you ensure that you card is connected to you phone network where you can get alerts for all the financial transactions you undertake. Thus in this way, you can ensure that you aware of all the transactions that take place on your card. You can also get alerts when the funds of your cards are getting low and thereby reduce your expenditure.