BLACK FRIDAY – CYBER MONDAY (Neighbourhood Watch Scotland)

BLACK FRIDAY – CYBER MONDAY (Neighbourhood Watch Scotland)

On the run up to one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, Police Scotland invites you to spend some time to make sure that your online shopping experience is as safe and rewarding as it can be….

•           Research retailers (website and seller) to make sure they’re legitimate
•           Make sure the website is secure – look for the padlock.  Websites should start with                  https:// – the ‘s’ stands for secure
•           Know your rights, and the company’s returns policy
•           Keep software and virus protection up to date, and use strong passwords for online                  accounts;
•           Don’t use public wi-fi – your standard data connection is more secure
•           Pay using a credit card, this affords you more protection.  Or use online services,                    e.g..  PayPal – so scammers can’t get hold of your bank details
•           Only provide enough detail to complete your purchase
•           Check your bank and credit card statements regularly and query unknown or                            suspicious transactions and payments
•           Watch out for suspicious, random, unknown calls, texts and emails – don’t click on                  the link!
•           Be smart.  If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Fraudsters and Scammers are lying in wait to take advantage of our eagerness to grab a bargain – don’t let them grab your hard earned cash! 

Further information and advice can be found at
Online shopping – Police Scotland
Shopping online securely – NCSC.GOV.UKShopping – Get Safe Online

Thank you.