- With the UK's 14.3 million online shoppers spending over £1 billion this Christmas, according to the latest figures from Imrg (Interactive Media in Retail Group), the need to be vigilant when ordering goods on the net has never been more vital.
This year Apacs (Association for Payment Clearing Services) published a report which found that fraudulent use of card details in internet, mail and telephone orders had gone up by 31% from 2000 to 2001. And it could be even higher this year as more and more of us buy over the web.
The banking industry is already starting to address this problem and by 2005 all UK debit and credit transactions will be authorised by a customer keying in a personal identification number instead of a signature.
Imrg's consumer information service Isis (Internet Shopping Is Safe) has issued its top 10 tips for secure online buying. Isis also publishes a list of the best online retailers at www.imrg.org/internet-shopping-is-safe.