Online shoppers urged to exercise caution

December 16, 2013

The PSNI’s Fraud Investigation Unit is reminding the public to keep safe whilst shopping online in the run up to Christmas, pointing out that criminals will use any means possible to exploit people’s good will and cash in.

There are a number of ways that consumers can protect themselves and make it less likely to become a victim of this type of crime, such as buying only from reputable websites, install anti-virus software to flag up untrustworthy sites, use recommended methods of payment and be alert to suspicious, unusually cheap deals.

For more information on protecting yourself while shopping online visit or If you believe you have been the victim of fraud contact your local police on 0845 600 8000 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.