What is the card security code?

We explain what it is for and where to find the security code on your card
The security code for a card is known as a CSC, but other times may be called a CVV, CW2, CVC2 or CID number. All in all, this new security measure provides cryptographic confirmation of the information on the card, in order to prevent any fraudulent use of it.
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Graphically, the security code for the card appears as a series of three or four numbers, with a composition and length that varies depending upon the type:

  • On the front of the card (for example, American Express cards).
  • On the back of the card (Visa, MasterCard and Discover).

Moreover, it is only printed on the card and does not appear as information on the card's magnetic strip. As it is not embossed, it cannot be scanned by a card reader.

Finally, it does not appear on bills or receipts either. This ensures that only the person in possession of the card will know this number and be able to provide it when making a payment with the card. If a customer provides the wrong security code, the transaction will not be carried out.

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If you are asked for this code when making a purchase and you cannot read the number on your card, enter the letter "I" as in "illegible" in the CSC field. This way the bank can take the appropriate measures.

If you have any other questions, just contact us and we will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible; at BBVA we are here to help.

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