While many Americans are struggling to survive during an economically trying time, many consumers may be surprised to learn what they fear most. Beyond the concerns of war, acts of terrorism, and health crisis on the rise, it a legitimate fear of credit card fraud. Research conducted in early 2009 indicates that as many as 68% of the 1,000 respondents surveyed have a greater fear of being the victim of credit card fraud and having someone access their credit or financial information than of any other problem currently spotlighted in the world today.
As technologies develop and people are required to keep up with the times, credit fraud is a very real danger. So many consumers are already working to pay off their debts and improve their credit rating but at the same time, know they must continue to protect their information and not become a victim of fraud. Knowing that one breach of financial information can cause disastrous results for your own credit, consumers are stressed about staying diligent regarding their credit.
According to the company,Unisys Securities, that conducted the survey found that “Adults in the U.S. are most likely to worry about fraudulent use of their credit and debit cards and identity theft. Americans are least concerned with their personal safety”. Younger Americans are less concerned about personal and financial safety and indicate they are most concerned with meeting their personal financial obligations. Older Americans (65+) are less concerned with online financial safety because it is likely less of that age category do not shop online or use the internet for other financial transactions. It is the middle-aged American's who concern for credit card fraud is at the highest.
Fearing credit card fraud is a reasonable concern and consumers need to be aware of what security risks are implicated each time a credit card is used or financial information is supplied for services, such as a loan or other transaction.