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Be careful online shoppers on this Christmas offers Featured

Northumbria Police is supporting a national campaign launched today aimed at keeping people safe online this Christmas. Last year, individuals and businesses reported losing more than £16million to online fraudsters through online shopping and auction fraud over the festive period – a 42 per cent increase in total financial loss compared to 2013.

 Cyber experts found the most common time for victims to initially make contact with the fraudster was on Black Friday, November 28 and Cyber Monday, December 1. On those days, 221 and 205 people fell victim to fraudsters, the most common item being bought and sold by victims and fraudsters were mobile phones. People reported trying to get good deals on some of the most popular models of smart phones, but what they thought was going to be a bargain never actually arrived, leaving them without presents to give on Christmas Day. The campaign will last for 10 working days and will provide practical fraud and cyber crime protection tips which aim to prevent people from getting conned out of the Christmas that they deserve. When it comes to online shopping, if something looks like it is a great bargain, it’s probably poor quality, fake or doesn’t even exist. “Fraudsters and online criminals are relentless and will stop at nothing, giving absolutely no thought as to whether you and your family are left without presents at Christmas time.

 Simple steps like double checking to see if the website and product is legitimate before making a payment, and also looking for any customer reviews which often act as a good touch point for safe online shopping. If you feel like something is suspicious, it probably is, so it’s always better to be safe than sorry. So be careful netizens and online shoppers. Just make yourselves fun by doing safe online shopping only.

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