- Twelve scammers scamming
- Eleven spammers spamming
- Ten cheques a bouncing
- Nine sellers defaulting
- Eight conmen conning
- Seven fraudster’s frauding
- Six cold callers calling
- Five spoof websites
- Four dodgy dealers
- Three rip off merchants
- Two thieves a thieving
- And a virus and an unsecured money transfer
25 Shopping days to Christmas!
Next week sees the start of December, shops and stores are full of consumers out and about shopping for their nearest and dearest, keyboards and pc’s are red hot with online browsing and ordering, and Bing is limbering up to warble his way through White Christmas. I have started my countdown to the festive season with my own version of the Partridge and the Pear tree classic, as today saw London police begin their campaign to alert people to fraudulent online practices that can ruin anyone’s Christmas cheer.
They have come up with some sound hints and tips that anyone can follow and keep in mind, before pressing the button and sending personal payment details and bank account information off into the ether. I make no apology for revisiting this information and bringing it to the attention of those of us who do not live in the metropolis, as it is very sound advice.
Good advice for online consumers shopping for Christmas gifts
The boys in blue advise the following whether you are browsing on line or have been contacted by what purports to be a reputable vendor.
· If it looks too good to be true it probably is –legitimate designer equipment and popular technology products are not often discounted
· Look at the URL in the web browser (the address of the site) and if the address is changed slightly from the normal one, then it is probably a spoof website and not the legitimate vendor you think it is
· When paying for goods on line take a look at the web address and make sure it begins “https” at the payment stage, this usually means, what is known as, a secure payment.
· If you get unsolicited emails don’t access any links they have put in but use a search engine, such as Google to find a site, or type in the address if you know it.
· If you get a pop up asking for your card details before you get to the payment stage then this should also flag up a warning, and never ever enter your PIN number on line.
· If you have been bidding for a gift and you aren’t successful, just be wary if another seller approaches you with an item that is similar and wants you to trade “off-site”. More than likely it is going to be a scam, and you’re not going to have the same protection you would get from a legitimate on line trading site.
· Hang onto your receipts, print off or save confirmation of orders and payments and check them against your banking transactions – if something out of the ordinary starts to appear, then get in touch with your bank or building society.
· Finally make sure you keep your computer security and virus protection up to date and if something is amiss, then let us know at iRateiSlate – until then – happy shopping!