Barclays has issued a stark warning to everyone who wants to bag an online bargain this festive season in stating that "This Christmas is set to be the most fraudulent ever".
The article below highlights some interesting stats:
- £1.3bn estimated total loss by fraud victims this Christmas
- 27% of people won't bother to check their bank account this Christmas
- 42% are not confident about their online security
- 52% said that the lure of a bargain can get in the way of checking website security credentials
- £893 the average loss to fraud victims
- 19% would be willing to register and save their personal details on a website they aren't familiar with
- 38% of online shoppers either don't know or aren't sure how to identify a secure website.
You'll also find really useful information on how you can protect yourself when you are entering into online transactions this Christmas.
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With the festive season just around the corner, many of us will avoid the high street and do our shopping online. It’s certainly more convenient, but the sheer volume of transactions and the rush to bag those online bargains means you could be putting yourself at greater risk. Here’s what you should know about the online risks this Christmas and what you can do to protect yourself.