As shoppers search for bargains on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Devon and Cornwall Police are urging people to look for deals that sound too good to be true.
As Christmas approaches, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become two of the biggest shopping days of the year, with many retailers offering discounts.
While shoppers can save money on these shopping days, it also gives potential criminals the opportunity to scam victims with scam offers.
Black Friday, originating in the United States, is the day after Thanksgiving, which this year is Friday, November 26, 2021. It has become an international event for consumers to purchase products at discounted prices ahead of the busy shopping season. Xmas.
Cyber Monday falls on Monday, November 29, 2021, which is the Monday following Black Friday and many online retailers use it to attract consumers with a variety of offers.
Unfortunately, scammers often use these events to create bogus offers with the intent to defraud.
Neil Blackhurst, Senior Police Fraud Investigator for Devon & Cornwall, said: “We all love to make a deal, but sometimes they can be too good to be true.
“Being the target of fraudsters can be overwhelming anytime, but especially as Christmas approaches. Unfortunately, there are people who will use the goodwill of the season to target people when their defenses might be a bit weaker.
“Don’t be surprised and take five to stop, challenge and protect. Take a moment to think before you part with the money or information. Challenge, reject, deny or ignore requests that you think are bogus – only criminals will try to rush or panic you. And contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and parted with the money, and please report it to Action Fraud by visiting actionfraud.police.uk or calling 0300 123 2040.
Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: ‘Unfortunately cybercrime remains a real threat to residents of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated and the impact on victims can be devastating.
“My message to people is that if an offer sounds too good to be true, or if you are under pressure to make a quick decision, take a step back and seek advice from Action Fraud.
“By reporting suspicious approaches or crimes, you can be part of a solution that prevents others from falling victim to these callous thieves. ”