By Alex Glenn • 26 December 2021 • 12:29
Christmas scam warning issued in the UK. Last year Boxing Day shoppers spent a staggering £2.7 billion online according to Barclaycard.
This year the public have been warned to protect themselves as online scammers try to hit unwary Brits during the festive period. Online shoppers have been advised to follow the following steps by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
The Director of National Resilience and Strategy at the NCSC explained: “Scammers will use any opportunity to try and trick the public and businesses into parting with their money so it’s really important that we all know how to protect ourselves.
“Whilst scams can be convincing, there are practical steps you can take to avoid falling victim to cyber crime which can all be found on the NCSC’s website.”
The Minister for Cyber Crime Steve Barclay commented on Boxing Day cyber attacks and said: “With a record number of cyber attacks this year, it is crucial we all take some steps to keep ourselves and our families safe from scammers while shopping online, particularly in the Boxing Day sales which have become a firm favourite for fraudsters.
“In the past year, government and police action has seen numerous convictions on cyber fraud, and we should all play our part to stamp out this terrible crime that can ruin lives.”
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Originally from the UK, Alex is based in Almeria and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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