Credit Card Risk

The Times newspaper reports that the credit card details of thousands of Britons are being sold in internet chat rooms by criminals with every day at least 400 credit card numbers, along with other personal information including three-digit security codes, PINs and dates of birth, are sold by the gangs.

The thieves target both companies whose customers buy online and those that take orders by more conventional means, demonstrating that it is not just internet-based companies that are at risk but any organisation that holds personal information about consumers.

The Serious Organised Crime Agency said that cybercrime was “among its priorities” but declined to comment on the methods and resources being used to combat it.