Easy tips for safe shopping

With growing numbers feeling the sting of credit card fraud, people can help protect their details by taking simple security steps.

Such is the claim of Choice fraud expert Christopher Zinn, who has reminded Sydney Morning Herald readers that all a cyber-crook needs is your name, date of birth and address to commit identity theft.

He added that many criminals are trying to lever these details from unwitting web-surfers by sending them emails pretending to be from banks or credit card providers.

The paper reminded people that while banks will normally bare the brunt of the costs if credit card details are stolen online or from wallets, consumers have a responsibility to keep details safe.

Zinn urged people not to give out personal details online or over the phone, and suggested that people should consider getting a low-limit credit card for small transactions so that the damage is capped should the worst happen.

Elsewhere, Tasmanian daily Mercury has warned residents that a gang of young female fraudsters are currently on the prowl, commonly stealing credit cards from wallets and handbags to use on brazen shopping sprees.ADNFCR-1761-ID-18782128-ADNFCR