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To tell the type of credit card by the number, simply look at the first digit of the credit card number, either on the front or back of your card. The first digit of an American Express card is 3, while it’s 4 for Visa cards, 5 for Mastercards, and 6 for Discover cards.
Most credit card numbers will contain a total of either 15 or 16 digits. American Express credit cards contain 15. The other three major credit card networks – Visa, Mastercard and Discover – have 16 digits on their cards.
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