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Complacency with credit and debit cards common among Brits abroad

26 January 2009 08:34

Complacency with credit and debit cards common among Brits abroad

British people can be "a bit complacent" with their credit and debit cards when on holiday in a foreign country, a card fraud expert has said.

Kerry D'Souza from CPP has suggested that the lack of chip and on machines in other countries can create problems for travellers.

She explained: "The key reason is that with more security measures being put in place in the UK - for example, the chip and PIN system - card fraud hasn't necessarily stopped; it's just moved into countries overseas where they don't necessarily have a chip and PIN system in place."

Ms D'Souza went on to say that there is a divide between the sexes when it comes to attitudes regarding card fraud, while age also has an impact on how vigilant travellers can be.

"Women in particular are more concerned about card fraud happening, and travellers aged between 44 and 55 are more concerned…which probably means that they're probably a little bit more vigilant when they're out and about," she said.

According to new research from CPP, more than one third of all instances of credit or debit card crime committed against people from the UK occur abroad.ADNFCR-1320-ID-18748810-ADNFCR