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Advice while shopping online

Alert message sent 21/12/2017 14:14:00

Information sent on behalf of West Mids Police

Christmas is drawing closer and although some of us will be all prepared with all the gifts wrapped and under the tree, for some this weekend will be a rush of spending in a bid to be ready for the big day. 

No matter which way you get ready for Christmas, remember to stay safe while shopping online. Below is some advice that we hope will help keep you and your family safe online. 

Correct Website 
Always check you’re on the correct website. Criminals can set up fake sites that have a similar design and web address to the real site. 

HTTPS
Web pages you enter personal or financial details into should display a locked padlock sign and have a web address that starts with HTTPS. 

Phishing 
There will be an increase in online shopping related phishing emails during the holiday season. Don’t click on links or attachments with unsolicited emails.

Bank Transfers
Don’t pay for goods or services by bank transfer unless you know and trust the person. Payments via banks transfer offer you know protection if you become a victim of fraud. 

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Tom Attwood (Police, PCSO, Solihull Rural)

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