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Brits fail to guard against card fraud

Millions of Britons are failing to safeguard against credit card fraud, despite repeated warnings, a new survey has shown. In a poll conducted by Which?, one of the UK's largest consumer magazines, some 48 per cent of those surveyed confessed that they employ the same PIN number for multiple cards. The same proportion also admitted that do not carry out checks to see if a website is secure before making a purchase online and to using their mother's maiden name as a password. Martyn Hocking, editor of Which? Money, said the onus is on consumers to do their part in cutting fraud and recommended some simple to implement guidelines to achieve this. He advised: "Shredding documents and checking your bank statements are a good start, but people need to be wise to basic fraud risks such as using their mother’s maiden name as a password, or shopping on websites that aren’t secure. "By taking a few basic precautions, people can significantly reduce the risk of fraud - without buying unnecessary insurance."

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