Westpac customers warned about credit card hoax

Westpac's credit card customers have been warned to be on their guard against a scam that is doing the rounds.

The organisation told the Daily Telegraph that some people have received an email asking them to "register new information".

Cardholders are told that there has been a virus within the company that has affected transactions and they are then prompted to follow a link to a database – which, of course, is being used by the criminals to steal people's details.

Westpac spokeswoman Supreet Thomas said: "This is a hoax email. Our team are now aware of it."

Ms Thomas urged people to delete the message as soon as they see it in their inbox.

Plastic payment systems have grown in popularity in recent years, although it seems more Aussies are now switching from credit cards to debit cards.

Figures recently published by the Reserve Bank of Australia showed the average national credit card debt fell by one per cent in August, which suggests people are being far more careful with their money than in previous years, the News Limited Network reports.

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