UK villagers victims of credit card fraud in India
This is the latest in a series of such complaints in which consumers across Britain have found that money has been withdrawn from the accounts from various locations in India.Updated: Jun 18, 2008 10:29 IST
More than half of people living in a village in Worcestershire have become victims of international credit card fraud with money being withdrawn from their accounts in India, Sri Lanka, Denmark and the Dominican Republic.
This is the latest in a series of such complaints in which consumers across Britain have found that money has been withdrawn from the accounts from various locations, including Mumbai and Chennai in India.
Wychbold, a sleepy village in Worcestershire, has 700 homes, of which 400 has had money withdrawn from their accounts abroad.
The local police believe their cards have been closed and details emailed to locations abroad from where they were used to withdraw money ranging from 50 pounds to 1000 pounds.
In May, a journalist for the Daily Echo at Bournemouth, discovered that money was withdrawn from his bank account in Chennai, while nearly 500 others in the area suffered the same fate.
British security officials have been grappling with card cloning, by which card details are surreptitiously recorded during transactions at petrol pumps and supermarkets, and emailed across the globe for illegal withdrawals from ATM machines.
Garages and petrol pumps have been the most vulnerable to such scams.
Teresa Tutin, 50, a homecare assistant in Wychbold, said: "Apparently I've bought something at a shop in Liverpool and worst of all apparently I've used a cashpoint in India recently.