Credit card fraud on the rise
As more measures are developed to stop credit and debit card fraud, criminals are going old-school with their methods, indulging in unsophisticated card snatching and PIN theft, according to an industry body.
Card losses accounted for £185m in the first half of the year, a 9% rise on first half of 2011, the UK Cards Association said. So when they're not stealing your card, they're phoning your house pretending to be your bank and getting your PIN from you.
"This increase is due to organised criminal gangs committing straightforward frauds," said Det Ch Insp David Carter, of the Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit, which is funded by the banking industry.
"Given this rise in old-fashioned crimes - criminals using distraction techniques and duping people into disclosing their passwords and online banking details - we are urging everyone to be on their guard and work with us to help stop this criminal activity."
"Your bank or the police will never cold-call you or email you and ask you for your full login details, cards or PINS. If anyone does, hang up the phone or delete the email."
Keep an eye on nana, basically.