Dyfed Powys Police and Visa Europe Join Forces to Reduce Payment Card Fraud
Dyfed Powys Police have teamed up with Visa Europe to provide Officers with a Payment Card Crime Guide which will enable them to identify at an early stage false or cloned debit or credit cards and other equipment used by fraudsters when involved in this type of criminality.
The Guide also provides information which aid in the understanding and the application of the Fraud Act 2006 when dealing with payment card crime and associated offences.
Temp. DI Andy Wolley of the Financial Crime Team said, “we are very pleased to be working in partnership with Visa Europe and grateful for their input and support for the project. The cards have been distributed throughout the force to all Police Officers, PCSOs and Special Constables.”
Kevin Smith, Head of Fraud Management at Visa Europe added, “This is a highly practical way of demonstrating the importance that Visa places on ensuring law enforcement officers have the appropriate tools and information to hand to more effectively identify and prevent payment card crime.”
With the Christmas shopping period well under way Police are urging the public to take the necessary steps to protect themselves from becoming a victim of identity theft. Dyfed Powys is considered to be a low risk area for this type of fraud but it is important for members of the public to follow the advice below to keep their identity safe.
- Remember to treat your personal information as confidential.
- Keep your documents in a safe place and destroy anything showing your personal details before you throw them away.
- Also be careful if someone asks for such details as your PIN, password, mother’s maiden name or date of birth.
- Keep your debit or credit card within your sight when making purchases and don’t give someone the opportunity to take it away and “clone” the card.
- If you need to create a password choose something secure that is hard to guess or discover.
- Make sure you check your bank statements for any suspicious activity.
- Formally close any accounts you no longer require and remember to change your address with all relevant organisations when you move house.
- Don’t sign up for junk mail which could keep on arriving long after you’ve moved from the address.
If you believe you have been a victim of Identity Fraud contact Dyfed Powys Police on 101 or if you have any information relating to identity fraudsters contact Crimestoppers on 0800555111