Online fraudsters out to spoil your Christmas shopping

Published 23 November 2015

Every year, more and more of us are searching for and buying our gifts over the internet, rather than battling the crowds in the high street. With Black Friday (27 November) and Cyber Monday (30 November) just around the corner, a new campaign has been launched, highlighting how consumers can avoid becoming a victim of online fraudsters.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are expected to be the biggest shopping days of the year as people head online to try and bag the best festive bargains out there. Unfortunately it is also a time when fraudsters cash in, using cons old and new to exploit people's good will and ruin their festive period. To help you avoid becoming a victim of fraud, a campaign highlighting typical online-related frauds that the police suspect criminals may use, coupled with advice aimed at keeping the criminals at bay, has been launched by the City of London Police, Action Fraud and Get Safe Online.

By being aware of these cons and scams, you can avoid your savings ending up in the pockets of fraudsters rather than being spent on gifts for your friends and family. To keep up with what we are doing and to help us spread the word, follow us on Twitter: #ChristmasCon.

If you feel you have been a victim of these frauds, or any other, you should report it to Action Fraud or call them on 0300 123 2040.

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