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Its The Thought That Counts

Alert message sent 23/11/2017 17:03:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police

Dear Citizen 

With Christmas rapidly approaching, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, Action Fraud, is urging buyers to stop and think as Christmas shopping fraud is on the rise.

New figures show that last year, victims reported losing nearly £16 million to Christmas shopping fraudsters, increasing from £10 million lost the year before. Action Fraud reports rose by 25% when comparing the Christmas period in 2016 with the same period in 2015. Analysis of last year’s crimes also shows that 65% of crimes at Christmas were linked to online auctions sites, with the average loss for these reports coming in at £727.

Mobiles phones continue to be the most likely thing that people try to buy from fraudsters, with clothing and accessories second on the list and footwear shooting up from sixth to third place. Watches have also over taken jewellery and are now more commonly offered by fraudsters.

Although it is possible for anyone to fall victim to Christmas shopping fraudsters, last year over 13 per cent of reports were made by men aged 20-29.

Think: don’t fall for a fraudster this Black Friday.  If something seems too much of a bargain, it’s probably poor quality, fake or doesn’t exist.  “If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.”

For more information please visit the Action Fraud website.

Message sent by
Kevin Pitt (Police, Engagement and Consultation Officer, Walsall)

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