Credit card fraud is extremely common—-credit card information can be stolen by anyone you give your number to, including retail clerks, wait staff in restaurants in bars who take it to charge your bill, or telephone order-takers.

It can be difficult to determine if your credit card has been compromised, which is why many major banks have large fraud detection departments to keep an eye out for unusual purchases on your account. Many will remove the charges if the fraud is caught quickly enough.

The guides below will help you determine when and if you need a lawyer to deal with credit card fraud, what to do if you are a victim of identity theft, and what to do if you need to dispute fraudulent charges to your credit card.