At this time of year online shopping becomes increasingly popular and there are a few things you can do to protect yourself when shopping online. Gardai in Galway have offered some advice on how to shop online safely.
Be suspicious of “too good to be true” offers.
Research retailers online to make sure they’re legitimate – and use known and trusted websites where possible.
Always log on to a website directly rather than clicking on links in an email or text message.
Use a credit card rather than direct transfers from your bank account or payment card as it will give you more protection.
Alternatively, using services like PayPal mean scammers will not be able to get hold of your bank account details.
And if you are the victim of a scam always report the crime to An Garda Síochána.