Lloyds Banking Group customers will be able to set their own limits when the new £100 ceiling on contactless card payments comes into effect in October.

The upcoming hike in the contactless spending limit on consumer debit cards has raised fears that they could become a target for fraudsters, who can escape unchecked for at least five transactions when tapping to pay at high street retailers.

Lloyds says it is responding to customer concerns by introducing new card controls in its mobile app, which will enable users to move the limits in £5 increments of between £30 and £95. Customers will also be given the option to switch off contactless functionality all together, opting for PIN entry at the checkout instead.

We’ve listened to customer feedback to introduce this option which will allow them to make the most of the £100 limit in a way that works for them. 

Philip Robinson, personal current accounts, payments and fraud and financial crime director at Lloyds Banking Group.

The app udpate will be available for customers of Lloyds, Halifax and Bank of Scotland.

Lloyds are the first to publicise the move but other banks are thought to be working to upgrade their apps. Starling Bank first raised the possibility when the uplift to a £100 contactless limited was mooted earlier this year.