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Festive Bargain or Costly Scam?

Scams around the Black Friday period are becoming more common. Scammers know people will be looking for bargains and ways to save money – especially as the cost of living rises.

Don't Fall for Fake Deals

Don’t fall for fake deals Scammers love the holiday shopping season. It’s the perfect time for them to lure people in with fake deals and trick their victims into paying for items that are counterfeit or don’t exist. Here are some tips to help you protect yourself.

Do: •Open websites by typing them into your browser, not by clicking links

•Consider whether deals you see on social media are too good to be true

•Research sites and sellers, reading reviews can help you understand if they’re genuine. Don’t: •Open links in emails or text messages you weren’t expecting

•Buy high value items from sellers on social media that you can’t view in person first

•Agree to use gift cards as a payment method – criminals might ask you to do this because it’s harder to trace.

Remember: if a deal looks too good to be true, it usually is.


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