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Hampshire and Dorset police issue warning over 'too good to be true' Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals

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LOCAL police forces have fired a fraud warning in the run-up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

The US bargain-shopping days are now big business in the UK, but officers are urging care over deals which appear too good to be true.

Most retailers taking part began slashing prices last week, despite Black Friday landing tomorrow, while Cyber Monday drops on 29th November.

Make sure you purchase from a legitimate retailer
Make sure you purchase from a legitimate retailer

Both Hampshire police and their Dorset counterparts have sent out warnings for bargain-hunters to make sure the deals on which they're splashing the cash are legitimate.

Detective Inspector Andrew Kennard, tactical lead for fraud at Dorset Police, said: “Many people love getting a deal, but sometimes they can be too good to be true.

“Being targeted by fraudsters can be terrible at any time, but especially in the run-up to Christmas. Unfortunately, there are people who will use the goodwill of the season to target people when their defences might be a little lower.

“Don’t get caught out. Always buy from a reputable retailer, never disclose banking or security details, and don’t part with any money if your instincts are telling you that something doesn’t feel right."

Hampshire police added: "If a deal looks to good to be true, it probably is – and if you're ever in doubt, check the official website for the deal before proceeding with your purchase."

The force advised:

  • Never reply to, click on any links, or open attachments in an email you are unsure of
  • Your bank will never email you asking for your PIN or password
  • Contact your bank immediately if you think you've fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud
  • Forward scam emails onto the Suspicious Email Reporting Service at report@phishing.gov.uk

Dorset Police will also be using Cyber Monday to share information and tips for how to keep safe online.

Chris Conroy, cyber crime officer at Dorset Police, said: “Many of us don’t realise just how much information we’re making available online. We want to equip people with knowledge and practical tips to stop criminals exploiting this.

“Cyber Monday is a great opportunity for us to share this information with our communities to help them feel safe and secure online.”

David Sidwick, Dorset police and crime commissioner, added: “Black Friday and Cyber Monday are a fraudster's paradise – so I would ask everyone who shops online to take a moment, review their security measures and the way they share personal details when engaging with others on the internet.

“No matter how confident or competent you may feel when it comes to online shopping, I would encourage everyone to take time to check that you are doing all you can to protect yourself from becoming the next victim of the ever changing nature of cyber crime.”

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