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The festive period is a time when there are those who would exploit us given any chance. Keep Safe Online this Christmas. We are using online shopping more and more and so. It’s important to take a couple of precautionary steps when purchasing goods online to keep safe and avoid being targeted by criminals.
If you think you’re being scammed, take a moment to stop and think how you can keep you and your money safe. Keep your money and information safe by only purchasing items from authorised sellers.
There are now risks of being scammed or fraudsters operating in all aspects of social media as well as on-line. Even with WhatsApp there has been an increase in reports of scammers pretending to be a family member or friend on WhatsApp. Always make sure messages are from known contacts and any requests for money or personal data is not exchanged.
Lottery fraud occurs when criminals use fake messages and calls to convince a person that they have won a lottery or a prize draw. The victim is then informed that they will need to pay an advance “fee” to receive the winnings. Victims are asked to pay these advance fees by purchasing gift cards, and relaying codes to the Fraudster.
If it seems too good to be true it probably is. If you you’ve fallen for a scam, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 204