5 places you should not use your debit card

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These days, everything is about ease of use — and spending your money has never been easier.  Every store takes your debit card, there are ATM kiosks everywhere, and now you can even tap your phone in a store to pay with stored financial information. However, this convenience also makes it easy for scammers to get your financial information and take your money from you.

A debit card is a direct link to your bank account and full access to your funds. Information or identity theft can take place at anytime or any place. Knowing this, there may be instances when it may be better to leave your debit card at home.

1. Online

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2. Restaurants

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3. Gas stations

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4. ATMs or checkouts that look off

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5. The Airport

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6. Some additional quick tips

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The Author: Jennifer Streaks is Senior Personal Finance Reporter and Spokesperson at Insider and a financial contributor at TheGrio. A nationally-recognized expert on money and affordable lifestyle living, Jennifer is an established financial columnist who has been featured on CNBC, Forbes, ABC, MSNBC, CBS, and more.

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