Shoppers urged to follow safe Christmas shopping guidelines

Organisations including the police, banks and online retailers have come together to remind online shoppers how important it is to be vigilant when choosing where to make their Christmas purchases.

The Get Safe Online initiative has launched its “#SafeChristmasShopping” campaign with useful tips on how to avoid fraudulent websites and cyber scams.

The guidelines, which can be found at, suggest practical actions you can take when browsing for presents online. These include:

- Making sure shopping websites are authentic by carefully checking the address is spelled correctly.

- Checking that addresses begin with ‘https’ (‘s’ is for secure) and there’s a closed padlock in the address bar.

- Avoiding clicking on links in unexpected emails, texts or posts, or email attachments.

With the impending lockdown, many of us will choose to source gifts online since shops will be closed. While this means we can still treat our loved ones, it is vital that we all learn the signs of a cyber scam to prevent being targeted by crime. Criminals will unfortunately be taking advantage of people’s increased online shopping.

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