Staying Safe Online During Black Friday
Black Friday sales week is a great time of the year to buy presents! But if you’re not careful you could end up handing your money over to criminals, and getting nothing back in return. In this post we will cover the online aspect of Black Friday.
Luckily there is a few things you can do to keep yourself safe .
- Ensure that you have up-to-date antivirus software on your computer, most modern antivirus software will also detect and block phishing attempts (common scams on black Friday)
- Check for HTTPS in the URL, rather than the standard HTTP by having the S it means it’s a secure page and any banking/sensitive information will be encrypted and safe from attackers.
- Be wary of unsolicited emails that contain too good to be true prices, especially if they contain lots of action words like Buy now or miss out. These can often be sent by scammers to entice people into handing over money.
- Check for spelling mistakes in the website URL and on the website. Scammers often use misspelled website addresses to trick you into thinking its genuine. An Example could be amaz0n.co.uk rather than amazon.co.uk
We hope you will not need this, but if a scammer manages to steal your money from any form of internet fraud then here is a direct link to the Police Report Cyber Fraud Page