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In the run up to Christmas, we are reminding the public about our top tips on how to shop online safely.
In December last year, more than £13,000 was lost by fraud victims in Gwent from online shopping and auctions.
Detective Superintendent Nick Wilkie, lead for cyber-crime and fraud, said: “Christmas is always an incredibly busy time for us all and this year it is anticipated that more of us will be shopping online in light of the ongoing health pandemic. Unfortunately, fraudsters will also be taking the opportunity to take advantage of shoppers online.
“We would urge people to follow the advice of the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign to keep themselves safe from fraud. Always take a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information, and don’t let a criminal rush or panic you into making a decision that you’ll later come to regret.
“Anyone can fall victim to fraud. If you do think you have been a victim of fraud contact your bank immediately, report it to police on 101 or Action Fraud online at actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.”
To stay safe while shopping online, remember these top tips:
For more advice visit https://www.gwent.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/fa/fraud/personal-fraud/online-shopping/