Credit card danger

Dubai Police warn public of fraud and counterfeiting

Dubai Police have launched a week long awareness campaign on protection of credit cards amid a global increase in counterfeiting crimes.

At a press briefing of the campaign yesterday, Lieutenant-Colonel Ali Ahmad Ganem, Director of Al Rashidiya Police Station and head of the campaign, highlighted the need to keep the cards secure particularly during the summer season.

Globally, the number of counterfeit cases and revenues collected from these crimes has significantly increased with $200 million (Dhs734 million) in 1983 to $1.25 billion in 1992, he said.

"In comparison to many major countries and capitals across the globe we have relatively small numbers of cases related to credit cards. It is still under control as we only had 19 cases in 2008," he said.

The campaign aims at educating employees in banks, shopping malls, and the public in general about the different ways they can protect credit card data.

Awareness banners will be displayed on ATM machines across Dubai.

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