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Credit card cheques won’t bring borrowers comfort and joy this christmas, warns moneynet


Credit card cheques won’t bring borrowers comfort and joy this christmas, warns moneynet

- Moneynet supports Government’s sentiment on unsolicited credit card cheques
- Borrowers are at risk of compounding Christmas debts

Consumers using credit card cheques to cope with their Christmas expenses will find their debt weightier than ever after the festivities are over, warns online personal finance comparison service Moneynet ( )

“We have always advised consumers to avoid credit card cheques like the plague,” said Moneynet chief executive Richard Brown. “Many people have no idea that these cheques carry extra charges and do not work like the credit card in their wallet. It’s unethical and irresponsible.”

At Christmas, when finances are stretched to breaking point, these unsolicited cheques can be very seductive - it’s tempting to take up what looks like a handy lifeline just to get through to next pay day, but the hangover that comes with them is very costly.

A Government consultation was launched last week to consider whether to impose a ban on plastic card cheques being sent to consumers who have not requested them. Consumer Minister Gerry Sutcliffe said unsolicited cheques could be banned in the future.

“There are several traps involved in using these cheques,” said Brown. “Firstly, the amount spent is charged at a higher rate of interest than when making purchases using the credit card itself. Added to that is a handling fee of as much as 2%, plus there is no interest free period as with ordinary credit card spending.

“Sign your name on one of these cheques and you could find yourself paying as much as a massive £35 extra. There are many cheaper ways of borrowing for Christmas than this.”

Press enquiries

Richard Brown, Chief Executive, 020 8313 9030

David Andrews, David Andrews Media Ltd 01273 774109/07941 255855
Cathy Tully, David Andrews Media Ltd 01273 774109/07747 196854

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Editor’s notes
Moneynet ( ) is the UK’s longest established online personal finance research and data analysts. The company offers consumers a choice of thousands of low cost financial services products. From mortgages, personal loans to motor, home and medical insurance, credit cards, savings accounts and best buy fixed rate products, Moneynet is one of the most comprehensive online services of its kind in the UK. Founded by chief executive Richard Brown, the Moneynet brand is destined to become one of the UK’s major players in consumer finance products.


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