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Black Friday (24 Nov) is fast approaching – a time of year when cyber criminals are out in force, preying on unsuspecting shoppers who are keen for a bargain.
We are already seeing an influx of fake websites appearing, offering some irresistible deals and urging people to ‘buy now’ before it’s too late.
But the consequence of making a purchase from such sites can be severe, including:
Having your bank details compromised (especially if they ask you to pay by bank transfer – never do that!); losing your money on products that simply don’t exist or are fake; identify theft; and opening the door to malware and other viruses.
So, how do you spot a fake or fraudulent website? We’ve pulled together some pointers:
How to spot a scam website
As a final tip, as well as being wary about which websites you visit, one of the safest ways to shop online is using a credit card that will offer fraud liability protection. Debit cards do not.
If you think you have fallen for a scam, then take action immediately. Inform your bank and monitor your account activity. You can also contact Action Fraud.
To find out more about safeguards for your business IT systems and our comprehensive cybersecurity services, please contact Dragon on 0330 363 0055, or email email@example.com.