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Overseas travellers vulnerable to online frauds: Report

Most travellers, including holiday makers and business travellers, are soft targets for online financial crime when abroad, says a report.

About 45 per cent of the travellers believe that losing money is one of the top three threats they may face abroad, and credit card compromise is considered to be among top three threats faced by 35 per cent of the users, a research by Kaspersky Lab revealed. (Reuters) About 45 per cent of the travellers believe that losing money is one of the top three threats they may face abroad, and credit card compromise is considered to be among top three threats faced by 35 per cent of the users, a research by Kaspersky Lab revealed. (Reuters)

Most travellers, including holiday makers and business travellers, are soft targets for online financial crime when abroad, says a report.

About 45 per cent of the travellers believe that losing money is one of the top three threats they may face abroad, and credit card compromise is considered to be among top three threats faced by 35 per cent of the users, a research by Kaspersky Lab revealed.

It also found that there is a real danger when it comes to losing money when travelling, as 22 per cent of respondents have experienced such a loss and 8 per cent have had a card compromised while in a foreign country.

“In today’s connected world, we are able to travel easily, for work or pleasure, and stay connected while we do. This ability brings with it amazing and exciting opportunities, but also exposes us to dangers if we are not careful. It’s all too easy to connect via potentially insecure Wi-Fi abroad then continue our normal habits of banking and shopping online, without stopping to think about the consequences of what we are doing,” Kaspersky Lab Head of Consumer Product Management, Elena Kharchenko said.

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