More UK credit card fraud cases traced to India

Written by Agencies | London, May 31: | Updated: May 31 2008, 17:18pm hrs
More cases of international credit card fraud with links to India have come to light in Britain, even as authorities refused to rate the problem from Indian cities as very high.

In a latest incident, a British journalist discovered that money was withdrawn from his bank account in Chennai this week, while nearly 500 others in Bournemouth suffered the same fate.

British security officials have been grappling with card-cloning, by which card details are surreptitiously recorded during transactions at petrol pumps and supermarkets, and emailed across the globe for illegal withdrawals from ATM machines.

In the last one year, several cases have come to light when British consumers found that money was withdrawn from their accounts from Mumbai, Chennai and other parts of India.

Petrol pumps have been the most vulnerable to such scams.

In Bournemouth, south England, Gavin Haines, a feature writer for the Daily Echo, a leading local newspaper, was alerted by his bank after money was withdrawn from his account in Chennai last Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

"I can't afford to lose 400 pounds on a weekend. It was my only bank account at the time and they didn't have access to money. I've now got to go through the claims process," he said.

However, Mark Bowerman, an official of the Association of Payment and Clearing Services (APACS), the UK trade association for institutions delivering payment services, told PTI: "India is not in our top ten list for this type of fraud".

The list is headed by the United States, and followed by Italy, Australia, France and Spain.