Nearly a third of online shoppers may be tempted to put themselves at risk of fraud during the frenzy to grab a Christmas bargain, research has found. Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK) is urging consumers to be vigilant against fraudsters’ tactics and pause before clicking the “buy” button, ahead of shopping bonanzas Black Friday and Cyber Monday when retailers offer an array of limited time offers and discounts.
It found 31% of people who buy goods on the internet are more likely to take a financial risk, such as shopping on an unfamiliar or unsecure website, if they see an offer which appears to be a bargain.
FFA UK said this means 15 million online shoppers could be putting themselves at risk of financial fraud, if the findings were projected across the UK.
People aged between 16 and 34 are most at risk, the research suggests, with almost half (46%) saying they are more likely to take a chance, compared with just 18% of people aged 55 or over.
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