On a Thursday back in February I was relaxing and watching TV when my evening was interrupted by the ping of a text message from my bank.
“You will shortly receive an SMS to confirm recent activity on your card.”
I was puzzled. I certainly hadn’t made any strange or unexpected purchases that day, so what was this about? About 30 seconds later, I received my answer in a second text message.
It said my credit card details had been used less than a minute before to try to make a payment of £108 at a store with an unfamiliar name.
A quick search online revealed it to be a supermarket in the city of Paramaribo, Suriname – a small country on the north-eastern coast of South America, bordered by Brazil, Guyana and French Guiana. That’s quite a long way from my home in London, so I was pretty sure