Australians fear online credit card crime

Nearly nine million Australians fear having their credit card and debit card details stolen while surfing the web, a new poll from Unisys has found.

According to the company, nearly half of all those polled nationally said they were worried about having their credit card details stolen, which was identified as one of the most common identity theft crimes.

The number of Aussies concerned about credit card fraud has grown noticeably since December 2008, with money constraints making the dangers of fraud even more stark.

The AAP reported that more than eight out of ten of those polled said they would be unhappy about sharing credit card and debit card details over social networking sites, although many may be doing so without knowing.

In a bid to cut down on credit card and debit card fraud, NAB has this week advised its bank account and credit card customers to be on the lookout for hoax emails which appear to have been sent by banks and legit organisations, as this is a common method used to dupe people into handing over their details.

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