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Fraud abroad continues to climb

Fraud abroad continues to climb

Category: Credit cards

Updated: 24/03/2009
First Published: 23/03/2009

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Britons planning a break in the sun have been warned against the risk of credit card fraud abroad.

The call comes after banking body APACS revealed that losses on UK-issued cards amounted to £230.1 million last a year - the highest figure ever recorded and up 11% on 2007.

Furthermore, the level of fraud suffered by UK citizens on their travels has rocketed by 177 per cent in three years. Fraud abroad amounted to £82.8 million in 2005.

The International Currency Exchange (ICE) has advised travellers to opt for pre-paid cashcards as opposed to cards to reduce the risk of their plastic being cloned or stolen.

"These latest figures are struggling," said Andrew Hamilton, head of marketing at ICE. "We really hope this will be a wake up call to families travelling abroad who now, more than ever, need to be watching their hard-earned money."

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