Avoiding the credit card fraudsters

Australians worried about the implications of credit card and debit card fraud have been offered fresh advice on how to protect themselves against the fraudsters.

Figures show counterfeit cards and credit card skimming leave Australians $49 million out of pocket each year, but Australians can take a few simple steps to protect themselves and their debit cards, according to QPR Consulting’s Steve Darrall.

The information security specialist tells PC Authority that the easiest step to protecting your details is to cover the keypad when entering your PIN number, protecting it from beady eyes and possible pinhole cameras.

Other no-nonsense advice includes checking that ATMs do not have any devices protruding from their edges and gently checking that a scamming device hasn’t been fitted into the card slot, as most are designed for easy removal.

Mr Darrall also recommends keeping more than one account, with only a small amount kept in the one you most regularly withdraw money from via an ATM.

QPR Consulting was formed in 1991 and since then has expanded to do business in over 50 countries around the world.

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