Aussies 'should not be afraid when using a travel debit card'

Australians heading abroad over the festive period have been told not to be scared of using their travel debit card in a foreign country.

Ben Knieff of financial crime specialist NICE Actimize told that while card fraud is a global problem, it should not put people off using ATM machines.

He suggested it is wise to be alert when using machines in an unfamiliar country, but this is also the case when making transactions at home too.

"The bottom line is people should not be afraid, but exercise due diligence and caution in protecting their cards, cash and other valuables," he told the website.

However, Mr Knieff also urged travellers to be extra careful when accessing online banking facilities using shared computers and Wi-Fi zones.

This advice may be particularly useful for those who fall under the Generation Y demographic, as STA Travel spokesperson Rueben Acciano recently told the Sydney Morning Herald that young Aussies are increasingly likely to venture abroad over Christmas.

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