Credit Card Fraud Stats - Protect Yourself from Being Scammed

Guest post by Marina Robertson: There was a significant increase in the number of credit card scam incidents in the recent years. This can be attributed to the continuously growing number of people who use credit cards as their main means of paying their purchases or processing their transactions. When the credit card or its information is stolen, the scammer can use this for his personal purchases, and the owner in turn is charged without him knowing about it.

The average amount that these hackers steal from individuals through a stolen credit card is $399. The average total of the amount stolen via credit cards worldwide is staggering at $5.55 billion! That’s a lot of money and this can go higher if users are not extra careful with the use of their credit cards.

You might think that lost or stolen card is the most common kind of fraud in credit cards. It’s actually the second on the list as the top one is counterfeit cards. This is the use of fake credit cards that contain real information from existing or legitimate credit cards.

This means that even if you have your actual credit card, it’s still possible that your account can be used fraudulently if hackers get your account details. We prepared an infographic that lists astonishing facts on credit card frauds and useful guides on how to protect yourself from them.

Keep yourself safe from this type of scam and learn how to do so by browsing on our informative graphics below:

Credit Card Fraud Stats - Protect Yourself from Being Scammed

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