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Card Fraud Index Shows Cardiff Is UK's Worst City

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According to research conducted by , Cardiff has surpassed London as the UK's worst city for credit card fraud.

Over the past three years, Cardiff has leapt from fifth to first place in the company's Card Fraud Index.  37% of its residents have fallen prey to card fraud.

Compare this to London, on 35%; Norwich, on 30%; Southampton, on 28%; and Leeds (which has moved from 12th to 5th in the index over the past year), on 27%.

Nationally, incidents of card fraud rose by more than 6% in the past two years, which equates to an extra three million victims.  Over a quarter of adults in the UK now claim to have suffered from card fraud.

 say online fraud remains the biggest problem, affecting a third of victims, while card cloning from cash points or Chip and PIN devices accounted for nearly a fifth (17%) of cases.

The average sum fraudulently transacted is over £590 and one in six victims (16%) reported losses over £1,000.

Sarah Blaney, card fraud expert at , said: "Our research shows that card fraud continues to affect more victims as fraudsters resort to increasingly sophisticated methods.  At CPP we have seen high levels of card ID theft, where criminals take over the running of another person's bank account - usually by changing the address details and then requesting a new card and PIN to access the account,  This accounts for half of our fraud cases.

"We urge everyone to be vigilant and takes steps to protect themselves.  When out and about never let your card out of your sight.  Check your bank statements regularly and thoroughly so you can spot any suspicious transactions.  These simple steps are very effective in fighting fraud."

Card Fraud League Table:

 Rank   City
 % of residents
 affected by card
 fraud

1

 Cardiff

37%

2

 London

35%

3

 Norwich

30%

4

 Southampton

28%

5

 Leeds

27%

6

 Newcastle

25%

7

 Plymouth

24%

8

 Glasgow

24%

9

 Edinburgh

24%

10

 Nottingham

23%

11

 Birmingham

23%

12

 Brighton

23%

13

 Manchester

21%

14

 Bristol

20%

15

 Sheffield

17%

16

 Liverpool

15%

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