SHOPPERS are being targeted by a new card credit scam using the latest mobile technology.
Barclaycard says shoppers must be wary of anybody seemingly using their phone around them when paying by card.
Fears are growing that mobiles with cameras built in could be used to copy people's cards and buy goods on the internet or over the phone without them knowing.
Ian Barber, a spokesman for Barclaycard, said anybody using a card to pay is a potential target.
He said: "It is vital people never let their guard down when paying by card.
"These people are always looking for new ways to try and abuse cards. This is just the latest in a long line of scams.
"It is, however, very difficult to do so people should not be overly worried. All we are saying is never let your cards out of sight.
"Soon everyone will have the new Chip and Pin cards. This means whenever you pay by card you will also have to enter your PIN (personal identification number) into a small machine that retailers will have."
Student at Leeds University Gavin Armstrong had his credit card copied at the end of January after handing it over in a restaurant.
The fraudsters went on a spending spree in Huddersfield, running up a bill of more than £2,000.