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Stay safe online this Christmas

December 2, 2018
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Online shopping is a fantastic way to avoid the crowds and do your present-buying from the comfort of your own home. However, unfortunately, there are some fraudsters out there who are determined to make like the Grinch and steal Christmas. Follow these simple tips from Get Safe Online to make your Christmas shopping secure:

1. Don’t pay for anything by transferring money directly to people or companies you don’t know. If it’s a fraud, it’s doubtful the bank will be able to recover your money. The safest way to pay for anything is by credit card.

2. Make sure shopping websites are authentic by carefully checking the address is spelled correctly. Fraudsters can set up convincing websites with very similar spellings to the authentic ones.

3. Ensure payment pages are secure by checking the address begins with ‘https’ and that there’s a closed padlock in the address bar.

4. When you’ve finished paying, log out of your account, Simply closing the page might not do this automatically.

5. Counterfeit goods are of inferior quality, can be dangerous and contravene copyright law, costing the livelihoods of workers who make the real thing. Don’t buy fakes intentionally or get tricked into buying them, however cheap or ‘authentic’ they seem.

6. Beware of ‘free’ or ‘low-cost’ trials – always read the small print and trusted reviews. You may be signing up for large monthly direct debits which are hard to cancel.

7. Buy concert, event, fixture or entry tickets from official sources like box offices, sports clubs or reputable fan ticket exchange sites. If you don’t, you could be paying for fake or non-existent tickets.

8. Watch out for unexpected emails, texts or posts urging you to click on a link or attachment. For example, at this time of year, fake parcel firm delivery messages containing harmful attachments (disguised as delivery notes) are commonplace.

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