Scam online shopping “bargains” that turned out to be too good to be true cost shoppers £15.4 million over Christmas last year, according to police.
Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, received reports relating to 28,049 shoppers conned out of their money when shopping online over the Christmas period last year – an increase of almost two-thirds (61%) compared with a year earlier.
Ahead of Black Friday (November 26), Action Fraud is warning people to take extra care when shopping online.
Pauline Smith, director of Action Fraud, said: “If you think you have found a bargain that is too good to be true, it probably is. Stop and think before making a purchase, as it could protect you and your money.
“Always shop with official retailers and follow our simple advice to enjoy shopping online safely and ensure you are not left empty-handed this Christmas.”
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