To keep you safer ahead of Black Friday and when buying online this Christmas, the Police and Crime Commissioner and Hampshire Constabulary are sharing important advice to help prevent online fraud.
Between October 2016 and March 2017 Hampshire Constabulary received 541 reports of fraud relating to online shopping and auctions. The national picture reveals the wider extent of the problem with Action Fraud estimating that in 2015 around £10 million was lost to fraudsters across the UK while people were shopping online for Christmas presents.
More advice and information is available at: https://www.hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/stay-safer-online
Michael Lane, Police and Crime Commissioner said, “At this time of year more people than ever go online to shop and it is important to me that they are kept cyber safer. By following this practical advice and guidance their likelihood of becoming a victim to online fraud ahead of Black Friday and in the lead up to Christmas will be reduced.
“I would urge everyone to follow the advice and not get conned this Christmas.”
Assistant Chief Constable Ben Snuggs said: “Most of us increasingly lead many aspects of our lives online, and many of our social interactions, friendships and working relationships are made all the richer through these online connections. However, we sadly see many examples where people are tricked, manipulated and pressured into something that can have significant adverse financial or personal consequences.
Do your research and if the site you’re using is not a reputable retailer you know and trust then the deal may not be legitimate. Search for user reviews, check out sites like Trustpilot, and see how other shoppers have rated the site. For more advice go to the PCC’s Cyber Safety guide.”