Check credit card statements often to beat card fraud

By UK CreditCards.com

Keeping up to date with credit card statements can help consumers detect any potential incidents of fraud, one industry figure has said.

Fraud expert Kerry D'Souza from car protection firm CPP said that statements can offer key clues to illegal card activity. Speaking to the Daily Mirror, she explained that vigilance is the best way to beat credit card criminals.

"Criminals like card-not-present crimes because they can do it without having to make face-to-face transactions," Ms D'Souza explained.

"People need to be vigilant and check their bank statements. Being a victim of fraud, with average sums of £650, can be very stressful and a lot of hassle. The banks do look for unusual transactions, but we all need to be careful."

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Updated: 2 April 2009