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Black Friday & Cyber Monday top tips

Cyber scammers are increasingly targeting Black Friday and Cyber Monday shoppers hunting for bargains with devious scams. But by following some simple precautions you can reduce your chances of becoming a victim of an online scam.

  1. Be aware of phishing emails that promise huge discounts urging you to click a link or attachment.  Check the link to see if it is legitimate.  If in doubt, don't click or open any attachments.
  2. Check that the network you’re using is secure before you make any financial transaction and never assume a public Wi-Fi hotspot is secure.
  3. Pay by credit card for high value items.  Credit cards offer you protection if things go wrong with a purchase.
  4. Ensure you have up-to-date security software/apps running on your computer and mobile devices.
  5. Only buy from reputable websites you trust
  6. Ensure that payment pages are secure, by checking that addresses begin with ‘https’ (‘s’ is for secure) and there’s a closed padlock in the address bar.
  7. Be wary of goods advertised on social media sites.  They can often be fake or even not exist.
  8. Be wary of counterfeit/replica goods.  Don’t buy fakes intentionally or get duped into buying them, however cheap or authentic.
  9. Use strong password.  Think #ThreeRandomWords.  Consider using a password manager and where possible activate two-factor authentication.
  10. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is!

Follow our Cyber Crime Unit on Twitter @CyberLincs 

For more information got to:

Action Fraud
www.actionfraud.police.uk

Cyber Aware
www.cyberaware.gov.uk

Take 5 Stop Fraud
takefive-stopfraud.org.uk

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