December 6, 2022

Shoppers are being urged to be vigilant this week when hunting for a Black Friday bargain and not fall victim to a scam.

Many people will be looking to take advantage of lower prices with Christmas around the corner, but Nottingham City Council’s Trading Standards department is reiterating its message that if a deal appears too good to be true, it probably is.

Professional-looking websites can be set up quickly by criminals selling fake, dangerous or even non-existent goods. To avoid falling for a scam, be sure to follow the Take Five advice before making any purchase online:

STOP

  • Take a moment to pause and think before parting with money or giving out personal information;
  • Don’t feel rushed by countdown clocks or ‘low stock’ warnings.

CHALLENGE

  • Consider whether a website could be fake. A good tip is to read online reviews of websites and sellers;
  • When looking at a major brand’s products, check its website for a list of authorised sellers;
  • Be suspicious of any ‘too good to be true’ offers or prices;
  • Question purchases that require payment by bank transfer instead of more secure payment options like a debit or credit card.
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PROTECT

  • If a person believes they have fallen for a scam, it’s important to try not to panic or ignore it. Contact the bank immediately on a recognised number like the one on the back of a bank card;
  • Report the scam to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at actionfraud.police.uk

Neghat Khan, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods and…

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