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Be aware of online fraud this Christmas

Christmas shoppers are being warned to watch out for fraudsters when shopping online during the festive period.

As part of a Christmas safety tips campaign, safe & sound, Dudley’s community safety partnership wants people to be aware of scams that target online shoppers.

Scams range from bogus websites advertising counterfeit goods and fake e-Christmas cards, which contain a virus to collect personal data, to selling goods that don’t exist via online auction sites or items that are bought never being delivered.

Many of the scams promise to save time and money but in reality deliver festive heartache and misery.

To find out more about online Christmas scams and pick up some top tips to protect yourself, visit

Alan Lunt, deputy chief executive of Dudley Council, said:

"Fraudsters know that people are spending a lot of money online at this time of year and perhaps are not quite as cautious as normal when buying.

"It’s important to know ways to protect yourself from online scams and there’s lots of useful tips on the community safety partnership’s website "

For more information visit

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