Fans avoiding credit cards at World Cup

Football fans that are headed to South Africa to see the World Cup are warned that they should not take cash in excess, after research shows that many are worried their plastic will not work in South Africa.

Over 37% of those travelling are worried that their cards may not be secure overseas according to a survey, with about seven out of ten travellers planning to travel with wallets full of cash in order to avoid falling victim to fraudsters.

Tens of thousands of Britons are expected to soon head to South Africa during the World Cup which will begin on June 11th.

The YouGov poll was commissioned by ACI Worldwide the electronic payment company, spokesman for the organisation David Divitt warned that large amounts of banknotes can bring trouble to those who carry them.

Divitt added that there are large risks involved in carrying around large sums of cash, and due to the fact that two thirds of customers using their cards usually do so is especially concerning.  He said that they advise people to use their cards sensibly.

Other results from the survey also showed that most people are concerned about lost luggage and flight delays.  Other high ranking concerns include getting arrested and food poisoning.

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners representative Jim Oakes stated that fake card scams were one of the largest types of fraud that affected South Africa during 2009.

Oakes also said that there is still a large amount of people who do not take the proper precautions to protect themselves.