With levels of fraud set to rise this Christmas the infamous sale event dubbed ‘Black Friday’ is being highlighted as a time to think carefully before you buy, as scammers try to take advantage of bargain-hunters.
People looking for a good deal in Lincolnshire are being urged to slow down and check deals are legitimate before they buy.
Lisa Foster of Trading Standards said: “Fraudsters will be exploiting this time of year, where people are looking for those ‘must-have’ Christmas gifts at bargain prices.
“Don’t be in a rush to buy – whatever the adverts say! Just taking a few minutes to check whether the deal is legitimate could save you from being ripped off.”
The warnings to shoppers aren’t restricted to Black Friday, but is good general advice for consumers, especially in the run up to Christmas. Don’t let poor quality or dangerous goods, or orders that never turn up, ruin your festivities.
- If something seems too much of a bargain, it’s probably poor quality, fake or doesn’t exist
- Never click on unsolicited emails or test messages. Criminals can use the technology to make e-mails or texts look like they come from a legitimate business or organisation
- If you are buying tickets, always buy from official sources and never pay by direct transfer
- If you are buying a holiday on line, research thoroughly to make sure it is a genuine offer and check to make sure it is registered with ABTA and ATOL.