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Looking for a bargain online, choose carefully where you buy from!

Beware when looking for a bargain online this festive period or indeed throughout the year.

Beware when looking for a bargain online this festive period!. Cybercrime is much more prevalent this time of year as more and more of us try and snap up those last minute deals.

1) Secure your computer. It is crucial to help prevent cybercrime to have reliable, secure and up-to-date Internet security software. At minimum, you should have anti-virus software and a personal firewall.

2) Use Strong Passwords.

3) Choose reputable shopping sites.

4) Ensure the website is secure when making payments (secure sites often represent as https)

5) Be aware of which Country the item you want is being shipped from, in some cases it may denote that the item is not genuine.

6) Be slightly cynical, if it looks to be good to be true, then it probably is...... 

If you think you have been a victim of fraud: Report it to Action Fraud, the UK's national fraud reporting centre by calling 0300 123 20 40 or by visiting (Opens in a new window)

Published 06/12/18