Help protect yourself from SCAMS this Christmas

Protect yourself from scams this Christmas.
With Black Friday (26th November) and Christmas fast approaching, criminals are again stepping up their efforts to take advantage of people searching for bargains.
Social media platforms, online market places and auction websites are increasingly used by criminals to scam people, by getting a customer to pay for the item in advance, but then the goods or services are never received. This is known as a ‘purchase scam’
The banking and finance industry suggests there’s been a rise in purchase scams with criminals exploiting those shopping online for common Christmas gifts, such as games consoles, bicycles and clothing.
These scams also involve home improvement and DIY purchases such as patio heaters and sheds, as criminals adapt to more people staying at home and choosing to invest in their homes and living environments.
For more information about protecting yourself against scams like this, visit www.essex.police.uk/fraud

Author: Paul Middleton

Paul is a Ward Councillor for St. Andrews & Hornchurch Resident's Association Executive member.

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