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Advice on how you can avoid falling for common online shopping scams.
Always double check that the name is spelled right in the URL (“amazon.com” not “amaz0n.com”) – small differences like the number 0, instead of the letter o could be the only difference.
Make sure apps are downloaded from genuine app stores, (e.g. the App Store on Apple devices; and the Google Play Store on Android devices).
Social media sites give criminals access to millions of potential victims, by posting scam posts across these sites.
In reality, these links may download viruses to your device, and any information you pass over through the link goes straight to the criminals.
Social media ‘buy & sell’ pages also needed to be approached with caution for any rogue traders.
Get more information on how you can be 'social media savvy' here.
Debit cards should be avoided when buying online, as they offer little to no protection in case anything goes wrong.
Credit cards and online services such as PayPal are recommended options which secure your payment and offer greater consumer protection.