Never click on any suspicious links, always check the security certificates of any websites that you’d like to shop at, and make sure your accounts are secured with a strong password
Cheshire, UK (PRWEB UK) 3 December 2012
The busiest shopping period of the year is fast approaching, with Christmas now just four weeks away.
With the annual scramble to get the best bargains or the hottest Christmas presents, this year is sure to be bigger than ever.
In the midst of the shopping mania this Christmas, it is important to consider all purchases carefully, especially those made online, as consumers could fall victim to the ever increasing crime of credit card fraud.
It is estimated that around £341million was stolen from UK consumers through credit card fraud last year. In fact, the UK is consistently amongst the top three targeted countries in the world for credit card fraud, and suffered a staggering 69 per cent of all phishing attacks in August this year.
Phishing scams involve consumers being lured to fake, yet convincing websites, and asked to enter in their card details, which is then used to charge more purchases to their account, or sold on to identity thieves.
Research shows that there is a notable rise in credit card fraud in the run up to Christmas, so it is vital that consumers remain vigilant when shopping online. Steve Almond, Head of Card Acceptance, advises: “Never click on any suspicious links, always check the security certificates of any websites that you’d like to shop at, and make sure your accounts are secured with a strong password”.
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