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Wednesday, 1 December 2010

EEEEEK of the WEEK : on line fraud

According to figures compiled by Action Fraud and the City of London Police's National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB), there has been a 15% increase in reports of online shopping and auction fraud since July.

Top five products likely to feature in online shopping and auction fraud:
  1. Smart Phones
  2. Digital Cameras
  3. Designer goods including jewellery and branded boots
  4. Laptops and notebooks
  5. Video game systems.

To make sure your online shopping is safe and secure, remember these top tips:
  • Use secure websites that you trust. Do your research before making a purchase. Check online forums for feedback
  • Do they have a real-world presence? Can you see their address and phone number? Is it a valid UK registered phone number?
  • Check the browser address changes from 'http' to 'https' to indicate you have a secure connection and look for a padlock or an unbroken key symbol on your web browser
  • If website prices for designer items, games and smart phones seem too good to be true, they probably are. Legitimate popular technology and designer items are rarely discounted
  • Visit www.getsafeonline.org.uk for other tips on staying safe online.

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