Many of us know that Black Friday has become the biggest shopping day/weekend of the year, fewer are aware that according to a survey by Barclays 25% of 18 -34-year-olds have fallen for a Black Friday scam and have lost an average of £661. The criminals favourite tactics include fake adverts on social media and fake copycat websites to catch the unwary. Please read our tips and get your self a real bargain on Black Friday.
IF THE DEAL LOOKS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT’S A SCAM
Tips and Advice
- Safe site? – Good Anti-Virus software will block copy-cat/fake sites. So, keep your AV protection on and up-to-date
- Is it real? – Check grammar, spelling, and URL of websites. These can be a clue for fake websites.
- Pay safe – use a credit card for all online shopping purchases they provide a lot more protection than debit cards or PayPal. Avoid any requests for bank transfers or wire transfers.
- Time pressure – The reason so many people fall for scams in this period is because of FOMO, don’t let FOMO rush your decision and fall for a scam
- Do you know the seller? – If not check them out online, do they have a lot of positive reviews, if not, AVOID!
- Passwords – Use strong separate passwords for your online accounts. Strong passwords are at least 8 characters, with symbols, upper case/lower case letters and avoid self-identifiers. See our guide to safe passwords.
- Contact – your bank or credit card company if you have already given out financial details
- Still Unsure? – Call Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisor’s will help you to stay safe
- To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use theironline fraud reporting tool
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