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Travellers warned over shopping abroad

26 January 2009 10:54

Travellers warned over shopping abroad

Tourists jetting off on holiday are being urged to ensure they are dealing with reputable firms when they go shopping.

The warning comes from the UK trade association for payments Apacs, which says that "knowing who you are dealing with" can help avoid losing money while on holiday.

Mark Bowerman, a spokesman for Apacs, added: "If the transaction is between £100 and £30,000 then it is beneficial to use a credit card because you have that extra protection that you do not have with a debit card."

Many travellers buy gifts and mementos when on holiday some of which cost thousands of pounds. But when shopping in foreign countries it is sometimes difficult to know whether something is a fake or the real thing – particularly when it comes to designer gear.

Mr Bowerman says that there are ways to try to get your money back, with the "normal route to get your money back is to approach the retailer in the first instance".

He added however: "If there is no one to approach, then you can approach your card issuer, explain the situation to them and then they are liable for that amount of expense so you are refunded by them." ADNFCR-1320-ID-18498238-ADNFCR