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    Will you help cyber criminals make £12MILLION this Christmas?

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      Will you help cyber criminals make £12MILLION this Christmas?

      Will you be helping cyber criminals make £12 MILLION this Christmas? | Mail Online
      Will you help cyber criminals make £12MILLION this Christmas? Security Minister warns British shoppers to be vigilant when buying presents online


      • There were over 11,000 online fraud crimes reported last Christmas
      • Cyber thieves committed fraud totalling £1.5bn in the past 12 months
      • Security Minister James Brokenshire: 'We are taking the fight to cyber criminals'


      Last Christmas cyber criminals made £12million from online fraud in the UK and IT security experts are warning shoppers that unless they take precautions thieves will be in for a bumper haul again.

      Research reveals that far too many people have a cavalier attitude to staying safe online and Security Minister James Brokenshire has warned shoppers to stay vigilant.

      His advice comes as 34 million people prepare to log on to buy gifts ahead of Cyber Monday, when festive online shopping peaks.
      (Please click the link above for tips on how to avoid becoming a victim)


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      Re: Will you help cyber criminals make £12MILLION this Christmas?

      Will you be helping cyber criminals make £12 MILLION this Christmas? | Mail Online
      TOP TIPS FROM ACTION FRAUD ON STAYING PROTECTED WHILE SHOPPING ONLINE


      • Trust your instincts – if an offer looks too good to be true it usually is. Legitimate popular technology and designer items are rarely discounted.
      • Check the URL in the web browser. Don’t be fooled by spoof websites where the address is slightly changed.
      • Ensure the website address begins ‘https’ at the payment stage – this indicates a secure payment.
      • Don’t access links in unsolicited emails, always type in the website address or use a search engine to find a site.
      • Only deal with reputable sellers - only use sites you know or ones that have been recommended to you.
      • Avoid paying by money transfers direct to people you don’t know. Use an online payment option such as PayPal, which helps to protect you.
      • Watch out for pop-ups appearing asking you to confirm your card details before you are on the payment stage.
      • Never enter your PIN number online.
      • If your bid for an online auction item is unsuccessful, don’t be tempted to trade off-site if another seller approaches you with a similar item. This is likely to be a scam and you won’t be covered.
      • Keep security software and firewalls up-to-date. Regularly update your internet browser when a new patch-security update is released.
      • Keep receipts and check these against your statement – if you spot a transaction you did not authorise speak to your card company immediately.



     

     

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