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Thumbs Up Against Fraud

by msecadm4921

Credit cards or cheque users are being asked by retailers nationwide to make a thumbprint on the back of receipts kept by stores in an effort to combat fraud.

Shoppers using credit cards or cheques are being asked by thousands of retailers nationwide to make a thumbprint on the back of receipts kept by stores in an effort to crack down on fraud. The idea, pioneered by Scottish business Thumbs Up Security (phone 01383 727302), uses buyers? thumbprints from a small ink pad kept on shop counters to track down those carrying out fraudulent transactions. Culprits are then linked to a national fingerprint database of five million prints and could be prosecuted by police. The two-inch pads, costing œ5, can make up to 600 prints. The Thumbprint Signature Program has the support of police.

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