Sumary of Black Friday: how to avoid scams when shopping for deals:
- Black Friday and Cyber Monday aren’t only on shoppers’ and retailers’ radars – scammers take any opportunity they can to exploit our eye for a bargain, and last year used the busy shopping days to defraud consumers in the UK of £2.5m.
- According to the banking trade body UK Finance, theatre tickets and e-scooters are targeted by criminals – but it adds “whichever gift you might be seeking a deal on, it’s likely fraudsters are looking to exploit it”.
- Lloyds Bank says purchase scams involving goods that don’t arrive cost victims an average of £190 each, and the top 10 items involved include popular Black Friday buys such as phones, games consoles and trainers.
- Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PACheck the URLCriminals sometimes used cloned websites to trap victims, so if you follow a link to a retailer, you should scrutinise the URL to check that it is genuine – somewhere there will be a giveaway that it is wrong.
- Photograph: Westend61/Getty ImagesGenuine websites can be used by fraudsters, too.