We’re all shopping more online this Christmas whilst we try and avoid shops where possible. This can leave us all vulnerable to online scams. Action Fraud has put together some really useful information about how to avoid scams this Christmas such as buying from retailers you know and trust, using a secure payment method or platform, making sure you are staying safe online and avoiding phishing emails or texts.
Figures reveal reports of online shopping fraud have surged by 30% over the pandemic as many of us continue to shop online in light of current restrictions. Figures from Action Fraud show that criminals conned 17,405 shoppers out of almost £13.5 million over the Christmas period last year, an increase of over 20% when compared to the same period in 2018.
Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said:
“Christmas is an incredibly busy time for us all. Unfortunately, criminals will see this as an ideal opportunity to take advantage of shoppers and will tempt them with the promise of cheap deals. We advise that you’re cautious of where and who you’re buying from. Our figures show that most scams last year involved mobile phones and electronics, so always shop with official retailers and don’t be enticed by deals that seem too good to be true. Where possible, use a credit card when shopping online as this will offer you more protection if anything goes wrong. Follow our simple advice to enjoy shopping online safely and ensure you’re not left empty handed this Christmas”
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