|Where is the Credit Card Security Code?|
|What is the Card Security Code?|
The Card Security Code (CSC) is a 3 or 4 digit number separate the credit card number that helps validate that the customer using a credit card on-line actually has the credit card in possession. The CSC 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. This helps prevent someone who has stolen the card number but does not have the card itself from using the credit card since it provides some assurance that the physical card is in the possession of the buyer.
The CSC has been provided as an additional tool for merchants to use in reducing fraudulent credit card charges. It is intended to protect consumers and it not uncommon for it to be requested and/or required when paying by credit card on-line.
The CSC is known by different names with the different card associations. CSC is known to Visa as the Card Verification Code (CVV2); to MasterCard as the Card Validation Code (CVC2); to Discover as the Card Identification Number (CID); American Express calls it CID.