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British tourists are fraud aware

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British holidaymakers travelling overseas may be stretching the terms of their travel insurance policies to the limit by carrying wads of cash rather than cards in a bid to beat fraudsters.

According to research by life assistance company CPP, Britons carry an average of £209 in cash for a weekend abroad, compared with just £21 on an average day at home.

Of those surveyed, 60% said they prefer to carry cash rather than cards when travelling abroad, with more than eight in 10 (84%) worrying about fraudulent activity when using cards in cash machines or shops in foreign countries.

Female travellers and those aged between 44 and 55 are the most likely to worry (86% and 87% respectively), and top of the list of fraud concerns was card cloning (46%). However, Brits turned out to be less security conscious when on a mini-break compared with a longer holiday further afield.

Kerry D'Souza, card fraud expert at CPP, said: "We are encouraging people to contact their banks before travelling, to keep their valuables out of sight once abroad, and to be especially careful when they use their credit and debit cards."

© The Press Association 2008