Crime Prevention Advice
Everyone loves a bargain, and this time of year, there's plenty on offer. In fact, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become synonymous with the term 'bargain'. Unfortunately, even in the run up to Christmas, if you see an offer that looks too good to be true - there's a very good chance it's a scam.
Cyber criminals have a field day at this time of year because they know your guard is a little lower as you rush to bag the bargains. Your inbox is probably full of promotional emails promising the most incredible deals. And when this is the norm, it becomes hard to differentiate real bargains from the dodgy ones.
Fake websites and phoney branding can trick even the savviest shopper. But, fortunately, you don't need a computer science degree to spot them. Our eight seasonal tips will help you protect yourself and your family from the majority of these scams.
Stay up to date
Make sure you install the latest software and app updates
Use strong passwords
Secure your important accounts with a good password - especially your email. Cyber
Take care with links in emails and texts
Once you start shopping, stay alert. Some of the emails or texts you receive about amazing offers may contain links to fake websites, designed to steal your money and personal details. Be wary of links in an email or text message.
When things don't feel right
Sometimes, things can still go wrong, no matter how careful you are.
After sales care
After shopping, you should remain on your guard. It’s important to be vigilant for any suspicious activity on your bank account.
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