As if 2020 hasn’t been an unusual enough year, many of us are now thinking about Christmas. With the pandemic still very much with us, it’s anybody’s guess what the festive season will bring … not least when it comes to getting together, going away and how we celebrate.
Most of us will be buying presents and other seasonal goods online, more than ever before. And it will still be a favourite time of year for scammers, who always regard Christmas and Black Friday shoppers as perfect targets for fraud.
We always have a lot on our minds at this time of year, but right now we have the added consideration of our own and loved ones’ health and well-being, as well as possible work
and money uncertainties. And a host of other distractions brought about by the current situation.
That’s why it’s especially important to safeguard yourself, your family and finances when you’re online.
Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of information and advice on online safety and
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For more information and expert, easy-to-follow, impartial advice on safeguarding yourself, your family, finances, devices and workplace, visit www.getsafeonline.org
If you think you’ve been a victim of online fraud, report it to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre on 0300 123 20 40 or at www.actionfraud.police.uk