Campaign aims to beat the 12 online frauds of Christmas

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Police and councils have put together a list of 12 possible frauds to be aware of when people do their Christmas shopping online.

The 12 Online Frauds of Christmas campaign aims to make people think about their security during the holidays.

Each day since the start of December has focused on a different kind of online fraud. The full list comprises Christmas e-cards, auction fraud, holiday fraud, loan and investment scams, ticketing fraud, donating to charity, mobile phone malware and malicious apps, money transfers, social media scams, dating scams and mobile payments.

Organisations such as Lincolnshire Trading Standards have been giving out advice on each type of fraud on social media and their websites.

Principal trading standards officer for Lincolnshire Emma Milligan said: “Christmas is an exciting time when many of us try to find gifts our loved ones will cherish – while not causing too much damage to our bank accounts. Shopping online can be very convenient for shoppers but people need to be careful of what they are buying and who they are buying it from.

“Fraudsters are always trying to find a way to con unsuspecting people, and this year we are supporting a campaign which will help to raise awareness of their latest tricks. Please be extra vigilant at this time of year to avoid disappointment.”

More internet safety advice can be found at www.getsafeonline.org and www.cyberstreetwise.com. People can report scams to Action Fraud on 0300 123 040.