Credit card users advised to be wary abroad

People are more relaxed when abroad and this opens them up to more risk of falling victim to credit card fraud, it has been claimed.

British people using their cards abroad should take extra care and also carry travellers cheques as a precaution, the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has advised.

A spokesman said that, in particular, “problems start occurring” when the user allows the card to be taken out of their sight.

Sean Tipton, ABTA spokesman, advised: “If you’re paying for something using your card, don’t let it out of your sight – and check your statements very carefully when you get back to the UK.”

Travellers cheques are “always advisable”, he added, as a backup in case a credit card is stolen.

According to Mr Tipton, holidaymakers are best served by taking “a mixture of travellers cheques, hard currency and a card”.

In related news, UK payments association Apacs revealed recently that credit card fraud costs around £428 million per year.

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