Credit cards Updated:
The introduction of chip and pin technology has reduced the level of fraud carried out on lost and stolen credit cards in the UK, figures have shown.
According to Apacs, the value of fraud carried out on all plastic cards that have been lost or stolen has dropped from £44.3 million in 2005 to £27.3 million this year, with an 11 per cent decrease in the last year alone.
But the UK payments association also revealed that overall card fraud has increased by 14 per cent since 2007.
This was attributed in part to an increase in credit card fraud carried out online and Apacs director of communications Sandra Quinn urged consumers to take steps such as installing anti-virus software on computers in order to protect themselves.
"Apacs is launching a new campaign later this month - Be Card Smart Online - which is aimed at providing further guidance and advice to help consumers stay safe online," she added.
Last month the BBC reported that hundreds of people in the village of Balsall Common had their credit cards cloned over the last year.
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