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Shopping, Banking & Payments

Shopping, Banking & Payments

The ability to make purchases, bank, book holidays and make payments on the internet has transformed the way many of us live our lives. Such online transactions, however, are commonly targeted by fraudsters because, unlike actually being at a store checkout or bank counter, we cannot actually see who we are paying our money to. 

Most reputable organisations make it as safe as possible for their customers to conduct business with them online. But today’s cybercriminals are highly skilled at creating fake websites, and persuading you to do what they want.  

Whether you are shopping, banking, booking or gambling online, this section will tell you how to proceed safely, and give you valuable advice on what to do if you become a victim of online crime. 


Auction Sites

Using auction sites to buy and sell goods safely and without hassle.

Buying & Selling Vehicles

Buying or selling ... protect yourself and your money.

Buying Tickets

Don’t miss your favourite band, team or movie by being scammed.

Contactless Payments

Contactless payment by phone or card is fast and easy. But you need to be aware of the drawbacks.

Counterfeit Goods

Buying counterfeit goods carries many risks. Do all you can to avoid doing so.

Holiday & Travel Booking

Put your feet up and relax with our online booking advice.

Mobile Banking

Mobile banking is fast and convenient. Make sure you keep it safe too.

Online Payments

Everything you need to know to keep online payments safe and sound.

Penny Auctions

They may seem cheap, but watch out for the pitfalls


Check out these great tips for your shopping basket!

Take Five to Stop Fraud

An awareness campaign designed to urge people to stop and think

Transferring Money

Take a few precautions when asked to transfer money.

Voucher / gift card scams

Scams involving ‘payments’ of debts or bills by gift card are on the increase


Simple advice on how to keep online banking safe.

Buying Medicines Online

It’s vital to be certain that online pharmacies are authentic and registered.

Call Recording Services

The new breed of call recording services: we query their safety.

Copycat Websites

Make sure you’re using the official website when buying official services, or it can cost.

Donating to Charity Online

Are you sure the website you are donating via is authentic, and secure?

Loyalty Card Fraud

Loyalty cards have become an attractive target for fraudsters. Find out how to protect yourself.

Online Gambling

Keep it safe with these top tips.


Choosing and using passwords correctly is vital.

Price Comparison Websites

Be careful and make sure you really are getting the best deal.

Subscription Traps

Don’t get fooled by free or cheap offers which lock you into expensive payments.

Telephone Banking Fraud

If you get a call from your bank or the police warning you of a problem, it may not be what it seems.

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)

The very important difference between company and consumer VPNs

What is Social Engineering

Don’t be manipulated by strangers into doing something or giving away confidential information.