- Online shoppers in the UK lost £16 million to fraudsters last Christmas.
- The report comes from ActionFraud, which investigates fraud and cybercrimes in the UK.
- The most common victims were men between 20 and 29.
- The warning comes on Cyber Monday, a day of online shopping sales marking the end of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Brits doing their Christmas shopping online lost some £16 million buying things like Yeezy trainers and Kylie Jenner makeup last year, police have warned on Cyber Monday.
More than 15,000 people reported falling victim to shopping fraud during last year’s Christmas period, with the average loss of each report being around £727, ActionFraud, the UK’s fraud and cybercrime unit, said on Monday.
Victims reportedly lost out while purchasing items like Yeezy trainers, Kylie Jenner makeup, and Fitbit watches, with the most common victims being men between 20 and 29 years old. 65% of the cybercrimes recorded during that period were linked to online auction sites.
Both the number of reports and amount of money lost have also increased compared to the same period the year before, which saw £10 million lost to cybercrime.
It's #CyberMonday today – the biggest day for online deals.
If you shop online using an unsafe WiFi connection or weak, reused passwords, you're the kind of shopper fraudsters like to go after.
— City of London Police (@CityPolice) November 27, 2017
City of London Police, which run ActionFraud, warned: “If you shop online using an unsafe WiFi connection or weak, reused passwords, you’re the kind of shopper fraudsters like to go after.”
Greater Manchester Police also said: “If you’re buying from auction sites or marketplaces, buy using secure payment systems like PayPal.”
Britons are expected to spend some £1.15 billion on online shopping over the four-day period between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, according to a report from VoucherCodes and the Centre of Retail Research.
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