Online Shopping Frauds. Be careful when you shop online as fraudsters love this time of the year


There is a huge rise in fraud as well as frenzy of deals and limited-time discounts during Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Boxing Day. These tips could help. Your bank will never contact you by email or otherwise to ask you to validate personal information such as your user ID, password or account numbers. Before buying online, research the seller to check they are genuine such as official websites and avoid those with poor ratings. Look for a padlock sign at web address which indicates safe reliable site. Do not click on any links or downland attachments or emails you are unsure about. Never pay by direct transfer. Delete them and block the senders’ email address. Report phishing scams. Keep your personal information a secret. Do not share them. Keep strong passwords for each account your have. Have adequate anti-virus software. Try to avoid entering your card details on shared or public computers. Always log out after shopping online and safe a record of your purchase.

Avoid being victims of online shopping frauds

Fake business accounts have the potential to be very dangerous that regular spam accounts. They will pretend to be someone you know and ask for personal details such as payment information or email address.

There are plenty of fraud prevention tips, tools and guidance are available from your bank and the action fraud group to keep you and your money safe.

Scam warning

Your bank will never ask you to move your money to a ‘safe’ account. They will never open up a loan, overdraft or make an internal transfer without your permission. Fraudsters will organise this and then call you pretend to be your bank. Be safe. You can block and report them as spam at any time. The moderation team work 24/7 to keep customers safe and investigate all complaints in full.

Christkindelmarkt is a traditional German market held approximately 4 weeks before Christmas. Some may last until first week of January. Personalise your festive holiday and make the most of your London visit. There are many markets available throughout the capital. Stallholders offer a wide variety of artisan products and traditional warming foods including schnitzel and brätwurst. There is even a traditional Bavarian band leading songs and bringing festive cheer. Wander the chalet-lined alleyways and browse gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes, toys and an array of tempting food. Grab a hot chocolate or mulled wine to sip as you walk and make sure to try the famous brätwurst. Seasoned with ginger, nutmeg topped with mustard and ketchup, one sausage may not be enough. Here are your recommended places.

  • Christmas in Leicester Square
  • Kingston Christmas Market
  • Greenwich Wintertime Festival
  • Crystal Palace Winterfest
  • Christmas Fair at Chelsea Physic Gardens
  • Christmas by the River at London Bridge City

Furthermore, the twinkling Oxford Street Christmas lights,  world-famous magnificent Christmas trees at Trafalgar Square, and Hyde Park Winter Wonderland are the must. Lots of attractions and activities to follow your magical stories this Christmas.

Christkindelmarkt is always and will be a happy place for all.

Happy right now and ever after you can kiss under gorgeous mistletoe chandeliers at Covent Garden and Seven Dials.

Tips for Online Dating

Meeting your date for the first time is intriguing and exciting however, scammers are everywhere and your safety is paramount. Lots of advice are available online in order to avoid being catfished.

Get to know the other person using online platform as this allow you to report any abuses and the moderation team can help. Be careful as scammers often push people to chat off the platform. Never give out your personal information including bank details, work or home address. Never respond to any request to send cash. Meet your date for the first few times in a populated public place. Be independent and in control of your own transportation. Things may not work out. Have your mobile phone with you at all times. Stay sober and keep a clear mind. Scammers might try to take advantage of you by altering your drink. You may also tell a friend or relative of your plans. Report any suspicious concerns. Be safe on your casual hook ups. Read more about scammers here.

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