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UK at greatest risk of identity fraud in Europe

The UK is at the greatest risk of identity fraud throughout Europe, according to new independent research.

Banking industry police unit tops £400 million in fraud savings

Latest figures show that the Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit (DCPCU) - the specialist police unit that tackles UK card and cheque fraud crime - has passed the £400 million mark in reduced fraud activity since its launch ten years ago.

Female Christmas shoppers face higher online fraud risk

In the lead-up to Christmas, The UK Cards Association is running its successful Be Card Smart Online campaign again.

The rise of ‘smugging’ - social media mugging

As increasing numbers of Britons sign up to social networking sites, more and more are falling victim to a new phenomenon: smugging (social media mugging).

Home movers put themselves at risk of identity fraud

More than 450,000 home movers are putting themselves at risk of identity fraud a year by not quickly telling companies they are moving, research by Royal Mail’s Redirection service has revealed.

Fraud losses drop on UK cards, cheques and online banking

New figures released show that banking industry initiatives are successfully keeping the fraudsters away from customers' cards and bank accounts. Fraud losses on UK cards, cheques and online banking all fell in 2010 compared with 2009.

Shop safe and protect your PC

MBNA is offering a year's complimentary online security protection to millions of its UK customers. The security software is being provided by McAfee, the world's largest dedicated security company. Soaring levels of online shopping are seeing customers demanding greater security from credit card companies.

Children spend millions in unauthorised spree

Children are spending £64 million online a year without their parents’ knowledge, putting the adults at risk of card fraud.

Top tips for safe online shopping this Christmas

Almost £9 billion is forecast to be spent online this Christmas with more than 30 million people planning to shop online this year. However, shoppers could be putting their online security at risk in their pursuit to bag a Christmas bargain with only one in seven (14%) shoppers prioritising buying from a trusted site.

Be careful not to give too much during the season of goodwill

As the festive period gets into full swing and both physical and online shopping volumes increase, the dangers of the season are ones that no consumer can afford to ignore.

Card, cheque and online banking fraud figures fall

Banking industry initiatives are successfully driving fraud away from customers' cards and bank accounts, according to new figures.

Shield your PIN at cash machines

Video footage by LINK, the UK's cash machine network, reveals how criminals can try to get hold of your four-digit PIN when you use an ATM that they have targeted.

Card fraud gang sentenced to 15 years

Four criminals were have been sentenced for a total of 15 years at Southwark Crown Court for their involvement in a series of card frauds that took place in the south of England during 2009.

PayPal improves buyer protection cover in UK

PayPal has introduced significant improvements to its UK buyer protection cover. PayPal's 26 million UK-registered customers now enjoy the same cover regardless of whether they buy goods on eBay or other websites.

Identity fraud continues to pose problems in 2010

Identity fraud has always been a sinister crime - fraudsters using the names and details of innocent victims to generate their criminal cash-flow.