Avoiding online scams and fraudsters, whether you're shopping for festive gifts or not, isn't as difficult as you might think.
Bargain hunting online is now a part of our everyday lives, so the number of us who could be exposed to fraudsters trying to steal our money while shopping online could be staggeringly high.
David Share, founder of IT support business Amazing Support, says that UK consumers have already lost £1.6 billion to fraudsters this year, with online shopping and auction sites the most common place for falling prey to scams.
“It is important to take all the necessary precautions to ensure any online transactions are safe and secure,” he says.
A ‘flood’ of scams
Experts say that everyone should learn the most important steps to take to ensure that they don’t lose money online.
James Bore, who runs cybersecurity consultancy Bores, says that being “extremely cautious and verifying anyone you’re dealing with very carefully” should be your starting point.
“Most social media platforms are flooded with counterfeit goods, cheaply produced junk, and outright scams where [ordered] goods will never be received,” he warns.