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Stay scam aware in Boxing Day sales

Stay scam aware in Boxing Day sales

Published by Grace Mcgachy
6:00am 26th December 2019.

Don't let your nose for a bargain get you into trouble this Boxing Day. 

Big shopping holidays can be the perfect opportunity for fraudsters to scam you with faulty or fake products or by taking your personal details.  

Norfolk Trading Standards regularly publish advice to keep you safe. 

"Make sure you're doing the basic checks. who are you buying from? How are they asking you to pay for it?

It could be something as simple as an opportunity to get emails out claiming to have items or offers or discounts.

Scammers are always going to look for opportunities to get their pitches out there and they're potentially going to be hidden amongst all of the other deals and offers.

woman getting debit card out of purse

Advice from Trading Standards: 

  • Buy from traders you know and trust - When it comes to shopping online, it's always safest to stick to familiar shops and brands that you know you can trust
  • Don't trust blindly - According to an investigation by Which? almost half of the products in 2015's Black Friday sales had actually been cheaper in months before or after Black Friday
  • Do some digging - There are some stores online that aren’t mainstream brands but are still trustworthy places to shop. If you feel you must shop with an unknown trader, make sure you research them first and check their reviews
  • Pay securely - always use a secure form of payment. This means to opt for a credit card, a debit card, or even PayPal over any direct money transfers
  • Don't click on strange links - It doesn’t matter whether you’re on your laptop or on your phone or whether the link appears in your email inbox or pops up on your Facebook News Feed, don’t click any strange or unfamiliar ad links.
  • Update your antivirus software

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