Rising rates and soaring credit-card fees mean many are switching to debit cards. But there are risks to using debit cards as well.
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Out: credit cards. In: debit cards. As more and more Americans shun traditional credit cards, they're turning to debit cards. But you should know there are downsides to debit cards too.
This can be a big issue -- You know that if your credit card is stolen, you're not responsible for unauthorized charges over $50. But if your debit-card number is stolen, you have fewer protections. First off, you have to report any misuse within two days to get the same $50 limited liability. If you miss that deadline but you report the loss or misuse within two months, you could be on the hook for up to $500. After 60 days, your liability is unlimited. Card issuers do have different policies though-so make sure you go through the fine print says Curtis Arnold of cardratings.com.
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