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Be scam aware this Black Friday

Alert message sent 26/11/2021 14:09:00

Information sent on behalf of Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner


Are you shopping for a bargain this Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

We would like to share some information and advice with you to help you remain scam aware whilst you shop online.

- You might see lots of websites offering ‘unbelievable’ and ‘unmissable’ deals this week. If you haven’t shopped with them before, do your research on online retailers to check if they are legitimate. Does it seem too good to be true? It might be.

- Some emails or texts you receive about Black Friday deals may contain links to fake websites. If you’re not sure, don’t click on the link, visit the website directly instead. Report suspicious emails to report@phishing.gov.uk and suspicious texts can be forwarded to 7726

- Always make sure that the website you're shopping on is safe and secure before entering any of your personal or financial information. If you can’t see the padlock icon in the browser’s address bar or if the browser says “not secure”, then don’t use the website and don’t create an account.

- Be careful about the giving away too much information and only provide enough details to complete checkout. You shouldn’t have to share security details like your mother’s maiden name or your first pet’s name to complete a purchase.

- Consider using a credit card when shopping online if you have one. Most major credit card providers protect online purchases and are obliged to refund you under certain circumstances.

- Consider using two-factor authentication. This is a way for the service you’re using to double check that you are really the person you claim to be when logging in. It provides your accounts with an additional layer of security and protection from hackers.

Always remember, that if a deal is too good to be true, it usually is.

For more information, visit: https://www.eastmidlandscybersecure.co.uk/
Message sent by
Emma French (Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Communications Manager, Lincolnshire)

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