New Citibank Feature Lets You Lock and Unlock Your Cards and More

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  1. About time! Discover has had the lock card feature for a couple of years now – they call it “freeze account”. It makes so much sense I’ve wondered why other card issuers haven’t added this until now.

    In the end it should save the issuer money. Without it, consumers may be hesitant to call to replace a missing card thinking it’s just misplaced when it’s actually stolen, so the bank has to deal with increased fraud costs. And on the other side, for the cautious consumer who does report a misplaced card as lost, there’s the cost of card replacement and mailing.

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