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article imageCredit card scam suspected in Spain

By Jane Fazackarley     Nov 18, 2009 in Business
It is thought that some credit card holders may have been caught in a scam based in Spain. The possible fraud is currently being followed up by Spanish police.
There are concerns that people who have visited Spain could have been left open to the scam. The problem affects people with a Mastercard or a Visa.
The problem has also led to around 100,000 credit cards in Germany being called back and customers in the United Kingdom will be contacted if it is thought that their card details were compromised.
Customers are usually protected from fraud of this manner provided that they have not been careless with their card details but are still being urged to keep a track of transactions listed on statements.
Investigations are focusing on a Spanish company who process credit card details.
Visa and Mastercard have made it clear that none of their systems have been affected by the scam in any way. It is thought the security breach happened during the processing of payments.
A statement issued by Visa Europe and published on the BBC news website said:
"It is aware of a possible card data security issue in Spain. No details are yet confirmed, but we do not believe that the issue is specific to Visa."
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