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Black Friday Scams

Black Friday reminder – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! We encourage you to be wary of scams when shopping online this Black Friday.

We know that with the cost-of-living crisis and particularly before Christmas people are on the lookout for a bargain. Fraudsters are aware of this and waiting to exploit you.  Always do your research before you make a purchase.

You can:

  • Check website links to make sure they are genuine.  You can check the legitimacy of a website at and report suspicious websites to the National Cyber Security Centre.
  • Check the website address starts with https and has a padlock which you can click for more information about the website’s security.
  • Read online reviews across a number of sources, such as Trustpilot or Feefo which aggregate customer reviews.
  • Never pay by bank transfer.  Buying on a credit, debit card or using PayPal gives you a greater level of protection.
  • Beware of Facebook profiles that have been set up very recently.
  • Never be rushed into making a purchase.  Always take five to stop fraud.

If you have been a victim of a scam, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.