26 Jul, 2009 @ 00:00
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Spain tops credit card snatch list

SPAIN is the hot spot for lost and stolen cards, according to new statistics.

The country has beaten France into second place by a massive margin.

Figures by insurance company CPP show that UK holidaymakers in Spain report twice as many cards going missing than any other country.

According to the annual ‘Card Loss Index’ there has been a 17 per cent increase in lost cards abroad in the past year.

According to the research, over a quarter of Britons admit to being more concerned about card fraud abroad this year than last.

One in six don’t trust cash machines on holiday, while nearly a fifth are so concerned that they avoid using cards altogether and rely on cash.

But despite the growing threat of card crime, holidaymakers admit to a laid-back attitude to security.

12 per cent leave their bags unattended on their sun-lounger, while one in eight have allowed waiters to take their bank cards out of their sight.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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