Fake adverts and deals
If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is. Scammers know people are looking for a bargain at Christmas time, so they’ll try and hook you in with deals on everything from cars to game consoles and mobile phones. Stay alert to what you click through to, especially on social media. Before committing to any purchase, do your research.
Always check the URL of the site you’re on when online shopping – scam sites can often look genuine. Always look out for extra full stops and dashes. Scammers will target you with a professional looking advert, and then send you through to a copycat website. Don’t feel rushed into a purchase – be sure to stop and think before you buy and ensure the website you’re ordering from is legitimate.
Remember, adverts on social media and genuine auction sites could still be fake.
Always pay with your debit card, credit card or the sites recommended payment platform for the best protection.
Stay safe and have a great Christmas!