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Certain credit cards will no longer require signature

Signing for credit card purchases becoming thing of the past

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You may soon notice a change when you make purchases with a credit card. 

Mastercard, Discover and American Express have announced that customers won't be required to sign receipts at check out

The company executives say signatures are no longer necessary safety features and they do not help fight fraud.  They also say popularity in online shopping is a contributing factor.

Unlike other companies, American Express is doing away with signatures across the world, instead of just in the United States.

The change will take place in April 2018.