APACS and UKPIA announce National Card Fraud Prevention Campaign
Thursday, 01 Nov 2007 13:09

National Card Fraud Prevention Campaign to run from 5-12 November
- 14m advice cards to be distributed at many petrol stations throughout the UK

APACS, the UK payments association, and the UK Petroleum Industry Association have today (1 November 2007) announced details of a National Card Fraud Prevention Campaign. The week-long campaign is designed to act as a reminder for customers to keep their cards and PINs safe and secure at all times.

Beginning next Monday 5 November, customers paying by card at many petrol stations throughout the UK will be handed a small advice card reminding them to remain vigilant to the risks of fraud. The cards contain three simple messages:

1. Guard your card: don't let your card out of your sight when making a transaction
2. Shield your PIN: use your free hand and your body to shield your PIN from any prying eyes or hidden cameras
3. Be alert: try to ensure that nobody is watching you and that there is nothing unusual about the chip and PIN terminal or cash machine you are using.

APACS figures show that, thanks to chip and PIN, card fraud losses on the UK high street have decreased by 67 per cent in the last three years. However, fraudsters continue to try and copy our cards' magnetic stripe details to create fake cards that can be used overseas, in countries that do not have chip and PIN. Raising consumer awareness about the importance of keeping cards and PINs safe and secure can play an important part in tackling this type of fraud.

Sandra Quinn, director of communications at APACS, says:

"Chip and PIN has been hugely successful in reducing card fraud in the UK but that does not mean that we can lower our guard. Tackling card fraud requires a multi-layered approach and the banking industry continues to work with retailers, law enforcement, the Home Office and organisations such as Crimestoppers to achieve this.

"Consumers can also play their part and we urge them to follow the advice provided on these cards. Simple measures such as shielding your PIN with your free hand whenever you enter it into a keypad will significantly reduce your chances of becoming a victim of fraud."

Research from APACS reveals that not all cardholders are taking the appropriate steps to protect themselves fully from fraudsters. The 2006 Attitudes to Card Fraud survey shows that 20 per cent of cardholders 'rarely' or 'never' shield their PIN when entering it at a cash machine. Similarly, more than one in four people (27 per cent) admit to using the same PIN for all their cards.

Chris Hunt, Director General of the UK Petroleum Industry Association, says:

"Our members take customer security very seriously and are pleased to be supporting APACS in this fraud prevention initiative.

"Our members are alert to potential fraud risks and remain vigilant on this issue. The fight against fraud is a shared responsibility. During this campaign they will be issuing advice cards to customers reminding them to keep their card details safe and secure at all times."

To support this campaign, APACS has recently published two advice guides to educate both consumers and retailers on the necessary safety procedures required for making and accepting card payments. The two guides, Protect your PIN (for consumers) and Transactions with your chip and PIN terminal (for retailers) will help both card-accepting businesses and cardholders minimise their chances of falling victim to fraud.

These advice guides, and details of the Card Fraud Prevention campaign, are freely available from www.cardwatch.org.uk


For further information contact the APACS Information Office:
T: 0870 420 3208 E: apacs@fourcommunications.com

UKPIA enquiries to: Nick Vandervell, UKPIA T: 020 7240 0289

Notes to editors:

1. APACS is the trade body that gives banks, building societies and card issuers a forum where they can work together on non-competitive issues. In a nutshell we help manage the way that businesses and individuals in the UK move their money around - this covers cash, credit and debit cards, cheques and automated payments such as direct debits, salary payments and online/phone transactions. We champion the fight against banking fraud and twice a year we publish figures on payment industry fraud losses.

2. The UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA) represents the interests of nine member companies engaged in the UK downstream oil industry on a range of common issues relating to refining, distribution and marketing of oil products, in non-competitive areas. UKPIA's role is to inform its members of proposed legislation and related developments, and to help form and advocate the industry's position. UKPIA is also an authoritative source of information or reference on the UK downstream industry.

3. The 2006 Attitudes to Card Fraud survey is an annual survey of 2,800 people. Some of the key findings include:
o Eight per cent of people say they write down their PIN to help them remember it;
o Seven per cent of people say they've told someone their PIN;
o 53 per cent of people say they feel wary of letting their card out of sight when in a shop or restaurant;
o 75 per cent of people agree (either slightly or strongly) that chip and PIN is more secure than signature;
o 77 per cent of people like using chip and PIN;
o 93 per cent of people say using chip and PIN is easier than signature;
o Most people (47 per cent) first discover that they have been a victim of card fraud when they notice fraudulent transactions on their statements.

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