People going abroad – including on holidays to Dubai and other long-haul destinations – have been warned to keep their credit and debit card details safe or risk becoming a victim of fraud.

People going abroad – including on holidays to Dubai and other long-haul destinations – have been warned to keep their credit and debit card details safe or risk becoming a victim of fraud.

The warning comes from UK payments association Apacs, which said that fraudsters could glean PIN numbers from unwitting people on their holidays, then use them illegally in countries than do not yet have chip and PIN technology.

“Be aware that your card details are valuable in the wrong hands and keep your PIN safe. Make sure you check your statement against your receipts. Your card can be used abroad even when you’re not,” a spokesperson stressed.

The comments follow a report issued by price comparison site moneysupermarket.com last month, which found that only 31 per cent of people tell their bank that they are going away.

This has resulted in nine per cent of holidaymakers having transactions refused while they were abroad.

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