Web shoppers 'oblivious to fraud'Web shoppers unaware of fraud risks, says report

21 March 2009

One in five online shoppers claim that they are unsure whether they have been victims of online fraud, according to a report.

The survey, carried out by electronic payment system Ukash amongst 1,000 online shoppers, revealed that 95% of UK shoppers surveyed view card fraud and identity theft as a major concern. Of those, 14% confess to not taking measures to protect themselves from fraud. The same study showed that 21% of the respondents are ‘not sure’ if they have ever been a victim of online fraud.

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Despite the credit crunch, online shopping is still growing. Mark Chirnside, CEO of Ukash warns: ‘Online fraud is a real and continuing threat and consumers can lose thousands of pounds as a result of identity theft... millions of online shoppers putting themselves at risk every day.’

Ukash is one of many online payment systems, which allow people to buy goods online without handing over their credit card details.

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