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Credit card holders 'must be vigilant'

Credit card holders 'must be vigilant'

Category: Credit cards

Updated: 03/02/2009
First Published: 03/02/2009

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Consumers have been advised to be vigilant in order to ensure they do not become victims of credit card fraud.

Figures from card protection company CPP have revealed a rise in the offences over the last year, prompting card fraud expert Kerry D'Souza to suggest that particular care is taken when shopping online.

She urged cardholders to ensure websites are secure, as although banks have been taken steps to combat fraud, consumers must still take simple measures to protect themselves.

"Make sure you are checking your statements on a regular basis," said Ms D'Souza, adding: "If you do use your card when you are out and about, do get a receipt and check those against your bank statement."

According to CPP's findings, plastic card fraud affected 28 per cent of people in the UK in 2008 - a five per cent increase on the previous year.

London was the city where the greatest proportion of people were affected, at 38 per cent.

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