Asda Money reveals how consumers can combat fraud as the rise of contactless payment methods removes the traditional reliance on PIN entry for payment security.
Research shows that more than £1.6 million(1) worth of card fraud occurs on UK plastic cards every day, and with this figure in mind Asda Money highlights some of the ways that consumers can work to counteract fraud.
Preventing identity theft
Phishing emails are a common method used by online fraudsters to glean credit card details from consumers, and emails normally arrive in inboxes claiming to be from a card holders’ bank and asking for account details to be sent.
Although banks now commonly send notifications by email, such as informing you that your statement is available online, they don’t normally ask for your personal details to be divulged in this way.
Applying a spam filter to your email account should help to block unsolicited emails, and you can always contact your lender directly if you have any queries about the authenticity of an email.
A number of retailers have signed up to MasterCard SecureCode and Verified by Visa schemes, an initiative set up by credit card companies to provide an additional layer of security to consumers when making payments online. The scheme is also supported by major banks, and requires cardholders to register a private password and supply this each time they make a purchase with participating sites.
Online security can also be increased by only making payments from sites that display a secure padlock logo, full address (not just a PO Box) and a landline number.
Protecting personal details
Ensuring that bank statements, bills and other sensitive documents are shredded before they are thrown away will prevent your personal information being used by others for fraudulent purposes.
Avoiding using year of birth or other key dates for your credit card or debit card PIN numbers will also help towards combating fraud in the event that your card is lost or stolen.
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