Retailers in Bolton warned about fraudulent activity involving customers manually entering the long card number into the pin pad.
HM Revenue and Customs has stopped thousands of taxpayers from receiving scam text messages.
Members warned over new scam that pretends to offer government grants.
Fraudsters have convinced some retailers to allow them to personally enter the card number, expiry date and security code into their card machine.
Bank of England encourages retailers to check banknotes over the festive period.