When you look at a credit card, you will see a large number printed on its surface. There is usually a signature panel code with a state bank card number that is 15 or 16 digits long.
One card company will have a different code than another card company. But it all works the same way.
For security purposes, you must remember the personal identification number (PIN) associated with your bank card, but the security code is always available as long as you have the card.
There is no need to remember this number, but most people tend to remember it because it is a three- or four-digit number. However, the signature panel is important because you may need to refer to this code when you make online transactions or buy various items over the phone with your card.
Signature panel codes, often called security codes, are three- and four-digit numbers printed on credit cards that help provide an extra layer of security when trading over the phone or digitally.
Where they are found
For Visa, Mastercard and Discover cards, the three-digit security code is on the back of the card, at the end of the signature panel or in the blank space where you sign the card. The American Express card security code is a four-digit number printed in ink next to the embossed (senior) credit card number on the front of the card.
Because PINs and security codes provide strong protection for credit card companies, we began eliminating credit card signature requirements beginning in 2019.
Types of Signature Codes.
Every bank and card company has its own signature panel or security code. But they have the same purpose each time. It’s also known as the signature panel and security code, and it’s also known as the CVV number. You usually get this request when you make a specific transaction online or over the phone.
Below are the different types of codes used by credit card companies:
SPC: Signature panel code
CSC: Card Security Code
CVV or CVV2: Card Verification Value
CVVC: Card Verification Value Code
CVC or VCV2: Card Validation Code
CVN: Card Verification Number
CVD: Card Verification Data
When you trade directly, you can scratch a card, insert it into a chip reader, or click on a card terminal that you can contact, and you can provide all the card information to the merchant to instantly verify if the card fits. You may be prompted to enter your PIN during some transactions, such as when you use your card to withdraw money from an ATM.
When you use your phone to make a credit card transaction or purchase from a Web site, you are often prompted to enter your card’s security code. This is partly because the merchant cannot swipe your card or read the chip. The security code gives traders more information about you.
The security code printed on the back of the card also provides an extra layer of protection. If someone removes the front of the card or looks at the front of the card and writes down the card number and expiration date, it becomes difficult to use the card without the PIN or security number.
Overall, security codes provide an extra layer of protection against fraud and identity theft, which is good for card companies and users alike. These small codes provide great benefits to everyone involved in the transaction.
Do I have to share my signature panel code?
In certain situations, you may need to share your signature panel code with a merchant. This includes buying items online, on a security page or over the phone, and so on.
When scammers look for card information, they usually show the full card number, name, and expiration date. However, finding the security code can be more difficult.
You just have to be careful, because scammers can call you and use various ways to access your security code. They do this by pretending to be your bank.