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Retailers urged to beware of card-not-present fraud this Christmas in rush to cash in on last minute business

With just seven days to go before the first class Christmas postal delivery deadline, Barclaycard Business is warning retailers to beware of suspicious online transactions during the busy Christmas period.  Barclaycard Business has developed a guide for retailers so that they can protect themselves when selling their goods and services online. The deadline for post to arrive by Christmas is the 19th December and thousands of customers are going online to order last minute presents. Whilst the vast majority of sales are legitimate, Barclaycard Business is encouraging retailers to keep an eye out for anything unusual and to ensure proper checks are carried out despite the rush to fulfil last minute orders. The guide gives the reader practical steps that they can take to protect themselves from CNP fraud. The hints and tips covered in the guide include:
  • questions a retailer should ask when accepting plastic card transactions over the internet, mail order, fax or by phone
  • added security measures available via the card schemes for retailers to further protect themselves 
  • methods of ensuring that security checks and balances are maintained from the moment an order is made until the goods have been delivered.
The digital guide has been designed for companies that accept or are looking to accept card-not-present (CNP) transactions: over the internet, by mail-order, by fax or over the phone.  The guide gives retailers a set of practical tips on how to protect themselves from the growing problem of CNP fraud in the UK and abroad which, according to APACS, grew to £95.3 million in the first 6 months of 2006*. Bill Thomson, Commercial Director, Acquiring from Barclaycard Business said: “As we enter the last few days of the Christmas shopping season it is very easy for retailers inundated by orders to forget the basic steps that protect them from card fraud.” “This Christmas more people will be buying online and over the phone than ever before. To make the most of this, retailers can use the guide from Barclaycard Business to ensure they have a fraud free Christmas.” With just seven days to go before the first class Christmas postal delivery deadline, Barclaycard Business is warning retailers to beware of suspicious online transactions during the busy Christmas period.  Barclaycard Business has developed a guide for retailers so that they can protect themselves when selling their goods and services online. The deadline for post to arrive by Christmas is the 19th December and thousands of customers are going online to order last minute presents. Whilst the vast majority of sales are legitimate, Barclaycard Business is encouraging retailers to keep an eye out for anything unusual and to ensure proper checks are carried out despite the rush to fulfil last minute orders. The guide gives the reader practical steps that they can take to protect themselves from CNP fraud. The hints and tips covered in the guide include:
  • questions a retailer should ask when accepting plastic card transactions over the internet, mail order, fax or by phone
  • added security measures available via the card schemes for retailers to further protect themselves 
  • methods of ensuring that security checks and balances are maintained from the moment an order is made until the goods have been delivered.
The digital guide has been designed for companies that accept or are looking to accept card-not-present (CNP) transactions: over the internet, by mail-order, by fax or over the phone.  The guide gives retailers a set of practical tips on how to protect themselves from the growing problem of CNP fraud in the UK and abroad which, according to APACS, grew to £95.3 million in the first 6 months of 2006*. Bill Thomson, Commercial Director, Acquiring from Barclaycard Business said: “As we enter the last few days of the Christmas shopping season it is very easy for retailers inundated by orders to forget the basic steps that protect them from card fraud.” “This Christmas more people will be buying online and over the phone than ever before. To make the most of this, retailers can use the guide from Barclaycard Business to ensure they have a fraud free Christmas.”