Police have put out a warning to online Christmas shoppers ahead of today’s “Black Friday” sales.
Figures released from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau and The City of London Police state that £16,426,989 was reported lost to businesses and individuals last Christmas through online shopping and auction fraud.
Norfolk police received reports of 197 incidents with losses totalling £146,086.
Mobile phones, clothing, watches, gaming consoles, computers, furniture and home electricals are the common items which feature in frauds.
A campaign has been launched to provide practical fraud and cybercrime protection tips, which includes checking the website again to make sure it is legitimate before making a sale.
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