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Don’t get conned out of Christmas

Don't get conned this Christmas

We’re pleased to support the National Fraud and Cyber Crime Campaign which gives lots of advice to help people stay safe online this Christmas.

With Christmas just around the corner, more and more of us are going online to buy those perfect gifts, order your Christmas dinner and send greetings to those near and far. The Internet is not only convenient but it means we don’t have to fight our way in the shops and allows us to do our shopping from the comfort of our sofa.

But Christmas is also a dangerous time for criminals, who know we are all busy online and spending a lot of money during the festive season.  Follow their guide to make sure we are safe online and by taking a few precautions, we can all have a very Merry Christmas!

Top Ten tips for a safe season online:-

1. Shop, shop, shop
If something seems too much of a bargain, it’s probably not or doesn’t even exist. Always check the payment pages are secure, and make sure you log out when you’ve finished shopping online.

2. Auction bargain…or not?
When making a purchase from an auction website, use insured payment methods like PayPal and never do a bank transfer to people you don’t know. Do all you can to check the seller/buyer is authentic and look out for fake goods: they’re illegal and cost livelihood.

3. Just the ticket
Buying gig or event tickets as a gift or for yourself? Only buy from official sources and never pay my direct transfer

4. Come fly away
Whether you’re planning a break for Christmas or next year, make sure the holiday/flight is genuine by fully researching it and check the travel agents for an ABTA/ATOL number.

5. Who’s asking?
Scam emails, calls, texts and posts are getting cleverer and more frequent. It’s possible that you will get some over Christmas – think twice before you get talked into anything, however busy you are.

6. Your password is yours. Keep it that way!
Passwords that are easy to guess, that you use for more than one account or that you share with others, are a NO-NO!

7. Securely connected?
Secure Wi-Fi is vital for your privacy. At home, check you router security settings. Out and about, never use free Wi-Fi hotspots when what you’re doing is private.

8. Great offer or a subscription trap?
Don’t sign up for ‘free’ or ‘low-cost’ trial goods without thoroughly reading the small print. You could be signing up for massive direct debits.

9. Season’s greetings
Don’t open attachments or click on links in any emails you’re not expecting, as they could be scams. And be careful with ecards as they can be fraudulent too.

10. Avoid those nasty Christmas viruses
And we don’t mean coughs and colds! Always have internet security (antivirus) software and apps switched on and updated.

Published - 24.11.2016

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