Aussies urged to be cautious with credit cards

Australians with credit cards should take sensible security measures in order to avoid falling victim to any scams or criminality, an expert has warned.

Australian Federal Police manager for cyber crime operations, Commander Glen McEwen, made his statement after an international organised crime gang accused of the biggest theft of credit data in the country's history were apprehended.

Mr McEwan praised the hard work involved in catching the crooks and encouraged Aussies to look after their cards properly, reports the Herald Sun.

Credits cards and PINs should be kept in a safe place, while consumers should check ATMs for anything out of the ordinary before using them, the police chief explained.

He concluded that chip and pin security should be implemented on credit cards when possible.

Australian Bankers' Association chief executive Steven Munchenberg recently warned Aussies to be vigilant about 'skimming' – criminals using sophisticated devices to copy the information stored on the magnetic strip on the back of your debit card.

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