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Credit card fraud 'most damaging' at Christmas

Credit card fraud 'most damaging' at Christmas

Category: Credit cards

Updated: 24/12/2008
First Published: 19/12/2008

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Consumers have been advised to be particularly aware of the danger of credit card fraud in the run-up to Christmas.

According to Danny Harrison, card fraud expert at life assistance company the CPP Group, such crimes become more common at this time of year, but also have the greatest impact.

"It takes time if your bank account has been emptied to prove that you are innocent and get the money back into your account, by which time it might be too late to do the Christmas shopping," he said.

Mr Harrison noted that card-not-present fraud has been on the increase in recent years, with fraudsters being able to record information in seconds.

He explained that it can occur in bars and restaurants, when cards are taken away for payment or left after a tab has been set up.

The CPP Group recently found that three-quarters of people have had their debit and credit cards taken out of their sight in such establishments.

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