Be Aware this Black Friday

24 November 2017

With Black Friday in full swing and Cyber Monday on the horizon, it is ever more important to keep your personal details protected. When faced with an endless array of deals online, it’s easy to make an impromptu purchase you regret.

Black Friday saw British consumers spend £1.26bn online last year, and that total is expected to be surpassed this year.*

It’s important to take care when purchasing products online, but what should you be wary of?

- Use trust worthy websites: When looking for the best deals, try and shop smart, and use well-known, commendable sites.
- Be card clever: When purchasing items worth more than £100 and up to £30,000 on a credit card, you become covered under the Consumer Credit Act. Under the Act, companies are required to cover your purchases if the company goes bust.
- Auction caution: If you’re purchasing goods from an auction site, try to use PayPal to transfer funds. Never transfer funds to an unknown seller.
- Trust your connection: If you’re making a purchase on the go, ensure the Wi-Fi network you’re connected to is secure.
- Keep yourself protected: Make sure the device you’re using to purchase your goods has anti-virus software installed. This will enable your device to flag any untrustworthy sites.

For further information and how to best protect yourself online, visit

*Statistics sourced from the Telegraph online, posted Sunday 6th November 2017.
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