Credit cards Updated:
Credit card customers are increasingly falling victim to fraud, research has shown.
Symantec has carried out a year-long study into the underground economy of the internet, finding that card numbers and bank account details have been on sale.
The former is the most popular item available - representing nearly a third of the items offered online.
And the security firm estimated that the fraud is worth a total of $5 billion (£3.3 billion) - based on multiplying the average amount stolen ($350) by the number of cards available.
Although Symantec recognised that many credit cards had been cancelled, the report stated: "These figures are indicative of the value of the underground economy and the potential worth of the market."
Last month UK payments association Apacs launched a campaign to advise consumers about the danger of credit card fraud and the steps they can take to avoid it.
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