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Overview

Feel secure knowing we make fraud prevention our business.

Spend and relax anywhere in the world. If a fraudulent transaction appears on your statement, it's our job to help set it right.

Our direct relationships with merchants all over the world help us protect your transactions. Our systems screen Cardmember transactions, to look for uncharacteristic transactions or unusually high charges that we suspect may be fraudulent.

Find out about Fraud Prevention.

In the unfortunate event of a fraudulent transaction on your account, we offer a Fraud Protection Guarantee. It states that if you're a victim of fraud who has taken reasonable care to protect your account details, PIN and any access credentials on any device on which you have added your account information, you won't be held responsible for any fraudulent charges.

Find out about our Fraud Protection Guarantee.

Key Features
  • For your added protection, you should always check your statements thoroughly as soon as you receive them. This is also easy to do with Online Services or the American Express app where you can check your transactions daily.
  • Additionally, you can register for Account Alerts, which provide regular e-mail or text message updates on your account balance.
  • For more information or to find out what else you can do to help stay free of fraud, click here.
Fraud Protection Guarantee

Your security is important.

Use the American Express® Card online or off, and you won't be held responsible for any fraudulent charges, as long as you've taken reasonable care to protect your account details, PIN, and any access credentials on any device on which you have added your account information.

For mobile wallets, to stay protected, you should not share your American Express User ID, device lock, or any other methods you may have to access your Card on your mobile device. If you share these access credentials with any other person, they may be able to use your Card through mobile payment methods and get access to your personal and payment information.

For more information on the Fraud Protection Guarantee refer to Fraud FAQs.

Maximum Security

At American Express, we've taken specific measures to maximize your security and privacy. Our secure encryption technology keeps your information confidential. If a fraudulent charge appears on your statement, it's our job to help make it right.  You won't be held responsible for any proven fraudulent charges.  So you can relax and spend securely, anywhere in the world.

If you are using any mobile wallet and believe your account or your device's access credentials have been lost, compromised or stolen or someone has used or may use your Card or device to make payments without your authorization, please call us immediately and we will take the necessary steps to ensure your account is secure.

Quick Resolution

Simply notify us if your Card or mobile payment enabled device is lost or stolen, or you suspect it is being used without your permission. Just call 1-800-869-3016, or outside of Canada (please call collect) 905-474-0870.  Once you mention to our agents that you suspect fraud, we will launch an investigation. The moment we are alerted to a fraudulent activity, our team will work to resolve any issues as soon as possible.  

24-hour Protection

American Express is known for providing exceptional customer service online and off. In fact, we are available 24 hours a day to answer questions or help with your account.

Fraud Prevention

We’re always on guard.

We're proud of our fraud prevention and detection records. As part of our regular screening of Cardmember transactions, our systems will look for uncharacteristic transactions or unusually high charges that we suspect may be fraudulent. If we identify a suspect transaction, we will try to contact you to verify its origin. It's important to keep Customer Service updated with your contact details so that if there is ever a problem, we can contact you and resolve the issue quickly.