Online crime is coming to town

Our Don’t Get Conned Out of Christmas campaign starts today. Over the next 10 working days we will provide top tips about how to stay safe online and avoid online shopping fraudsters

Have a question about online shopping fraud? Action Fraud’s specialist advisers are able to offer help, advice and support on fraud and cyber crime through Facebook visit www.facebook.com/actionfraud and post on their timeline

Last year victims of online shopping fraud lost a total of £16 million! If you have fallen victim to online shopping fraud or any other type of fraud or cybercrime  you can report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online: www.actionfraud.police.uk and receive a police crime reference number

Learn how to assess the credibility of a website with an easy to follow 20 point checklist. It will help you make educated judgements so you can stay safe whilst shopping online http://www.buyagift.co.uk/Content/design/infographics/howtotrustawebsite/how-to-trust-a-website.html

Don’t get conned this Christmas

1 Online Shopping

If something seems too much of a bargain, it's probably poor quality, fake or doesn't even exist.

 

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2 Auction Fraud

If something seems too much of a bargain, it's probably poor quality, fake or doesn't even exist.

 

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3 Ticket Fraud

Only buy tickers from offical sources and never pay by direct transfer.

 

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4 Holiday Fraud

If you're buying a holiday online, research it thoroughly to ensure that it is a genuine offer and check to make sure it is registered with ABTA and ATOL.

 

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5 Scam Emails

Never answer unsolicited emails and never reveal personal or financial detals.

 

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6 Passwords

Your password is yours. Keep it that way! Make your password strong by using three random words and ensure you change it regularly.

 

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7 Cyber Crime

Secure Wi-Fi is vital for your privacy. Check that the network you're using is secure before you make any financial transactions.

 

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8 Subscription Fraud

Always read the small print before signing-up for 'free' or 'low-cost' trial goods.

 

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9 Malware

If ou open attachments or links in an email that you're not expecting to receive, you could end up infecting your electronic device with malware.

 

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10 Anti-virus Software

Always ensure that you keep your anti-virus software, operating systems and other security measures up-to-date on your electronic devices.

 

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