Video: How to destroy your old debit and credit cards

When you get a new credit or debit card, or just want to cancel an old one, you need to destroy the old card to prevent fraudsters getting hold of your details. But it’s not a simple case of chopping the card in half. In this video I’ll share the best way to cut up your credit or debit card.

How to cut up an old bank card

I explain more in the video, but there are a few main steps to destroying an old debit or credit card:

  1. Call up your bank and cancel the card
  2. Cut along the magnetic strip
  3. Cut the numbers up into chunks, then cut again
  4. Cut through the chip
  5. Cut through the signature
  6. Put the chopped up sections into different bins over a few weeks


3 thoughts on “Video: How to destroy your old debit and credit cards

  1. Unfortunately this method will not work for the new super duper too-strong-for-scissors cards!!! I cannot even make ONE cut with this relatively new… yet OLD CARD. ARGHHHHHH…………..

    1. Oh wow. I haven’t had to cut a card for a while…

  2. Thanks Andy – really useful tips. I did cut up my old card into lots of bits and I took the bits back to the bank (Natwest). They said they would dispose of these securely and that they could also get rid of old cards if needed. I’m not sure if I would hand them an old card that hadn’t been cut up though (??)


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