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Calls for caution ahead of card fraud figures

Credit card holders have been urged to take greater care than ever to avoid theft or fraud ahead of the release of new statistics this week.

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16 March 2009

Calls for caution ahead of card fraud figures

The Independent reports crime carried out on debit and credit cards is expected to have topped £600 million last year - a record high.

Sandra Quinn, a spokeswoman for UK payments service Apacs, which will release the statistics, said: "Having your card details stolen and used can be worrying and create a lot of hassle.

"What's more, people are increasingly finding that when they are on holiday abroad, their cards are being stopped for security purposes."

As a result, the news source has advised consumers of some simple steps to reduce the risk of card crime.

Protecting PIN numbers, looking for anything out of the ordinary at cash machines and refusing to walk away when cards are swallowed by a machine rank in the top three measures.

Meanwhile a spokeswoman for credit card provider Barclays reassured consumers earlier this month that new contactless debit cards would not be an increased security risk.

She told the Times: "A lost and reported card will be immediately cancelled and no longer useable"

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