Black Friday Scams Doubled in 2020: 5 Easy Tips To Stay Safe While Shopping Online This Festive Season

In 2020, online payment fraud doubled in the lead up to the big Black Friday and Cyber Monday events as online payments and the hunt for a good deal increased.

To help online shoppers stay protected during the run-up to Christmas, private and commercial bank Arbuthnot Latham has provided 5 top tips to ensure that shoppers do not get caught in deals that are too good to be true, and festive shopping can be done safely and securely online.

 5 Easy Ways To Stay Safe Online This Festive Season 

  • Do your research. Check the prices of items you are interested in before Black Friday weekend to understand the actual saving better. If a deal looks too good to be true, it is probably a scam.
  • Only use secure websites from trusted brands. Look for the padlock symbol or ‘https’ in the address bar.
  • Use debit or credit cards to make purchases as you have added protection. Never make a bank transfer.
  • Watch out for fake mobile messages, social media adverts, and emails with suspicious links, grammar, and spelling mistakes or communication which appears ‘off brand’ These may include:
  • Fake confirmation of order emails
  • Fake offers or links to vouchers
  • Text alerts about missed deliveries
  • Often, a quick internet search of the company name and the word ‘scam’ will identify if there is a known scam in circulation.

Ensuring your electronic devices are protected with anti-virus software and firewalls can prevent a scam before it even appears on your device.

If you feel you have fallen victim to online fraud, it is vital to act fast and not panic; alert your bank straight away on a number you trust, such as the one provided on the website.

Keeping up to date on the latest fraud scams can also be highly beneficial, giving shoppers a head start with what to look out for.

For more information on how shoppers can protect themselves from scams this Black Friday, please click here.