Amazon Prime Day shoppers targeted by scams

Earlier this month, Amazon hosted their annual Prime Day where subscribers to the service were able to order products with one-off special deals, resulting in record numbers of orders.

Inevitably however this made it a target for criminals who took advantage of the event by creating fake sites designed to catch-out the keen shoppers.

To help guard against bogus sites, keep an eye out for blurry images or misplaced buttons which do not link through to the main site.

In all cases of shopping online, be sure to visit the organisation’s site directly rather than clicking on unexpected links sent through in emails or suspicious pop-ups.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) suggests checking site display the padlock icon in your browser indicating that it is secure, and has published easy-to-follow guidance when shopping online, found at: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/shopping-online-securely.

Online shopping has given many of us the opportunity to make much-need purchases during the lockdown period but remember to remain vigilant at all times when working or purchasing online - and to look out for signs of a fraudulent website.

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