01 July 2008

UK - 'Children at risk' from bank's Visa card

Children as young as 11 are being given debit cards which allow them to buy goods such as cigarettes and Viagra over the internet, without their parents' permission. The high street bank Lloyds TSB, which sends out the Visa cards to youngsters, last night came under fire from politicians and credit charities for placing children at risk. The bank claims guardians can opt out of the service for their children – but admits to sending the cards directly to their customers with a parental guidance leaflet which the youngsters should pass on.