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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n°159

New EU-wide rules against non-cash payment fraud

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 marzo 2019

New EU rules to protect EU citizens against non-cash payment fraud, such as credit card theft, skimming or phishing, were approved by European Parliament.
MEPs adopted on Wednesday with 587 votes to 26 and 8 abstentions, new rules on combating fraud and counterfeiting of non-cash means of payment such as cards, electronic wallets, mobile payments and virtual currencies. The changes aim to close the current gaps and differences among EU countries’ laws to enhance prevention, detection and punishment of non-cash payment fraud.The new rules will:establish the minimum penalty in cases where a judge imposes the national “maximum” custodial sentence for non-cash payment fraud,
include virtual-currency transactions in the scope of offences,
improve EU-wide cooperation and facilitate information exchange to ensure cross-border frauds are better dealt with,
strengthen assistance to non-cash fraud victims, such as psychological support, advice on financial, practical and legal matters, and
improve prevention and awareness-raising, e.g. through campaigning, education and on-line information tools with practical examples of fraud cases; special attention should be paid to the needs and interests of vulnerable people.
Non-cash payments are constantly increasing in the digital era. This has made non-cash payment fraud, such as credit card theft or fraud using newer technologies such as skimming or phishing, an important source of income for organised crime.
The new rules have already been agreed upon by the Parliament and Council negotiators in December. After the formal approval of the Council, member states will have two years to adopt national legislation to implement the directive.

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