Shop Safely on Black Friday
Over the next number of weeks, many people will be shopping online and taking advantage of some great promotions and discount deals on offer from retailers, particularly with Black Friday and Cyber Monday towards the end of the month. In amongst the influx of genuine emails, there will most likely be scam emails sent out by cyber criminals looking to take advantage, so it’s important to stay vigilant about your online security.
Watch out for suspicious emails, calls and text messages, and social media posts as some of these may contain links to fake websites, designed to steal your money and personal details. These offers may be for clothing, food, gadgets or upcoming festive events. Do some research to ensure the retailer you are dealing with is genuine or not. If you’re unsure, don’t use the link provided in the email or text, but search for a website address yourself. Reputable retailers will have many consumer reviews, read these reviews as they will help you make your decision to either deal with that retailer or not.
If you’re not 100% sure whether an email is really from a courier because you’re expecting a delivery, see if you can check the reference or tracking number and whether it matches the order you’re waiting for. You can also contact the delivery company directly to check whether the email is real.
Read our blog for more tips to help you shop securely online and avoid scam websites.