Lloyds Bank has warned customers of a new scam that could see people lose hundreds of pounds to scammers.
The popular bank has seen a sharp rise in the number of people affected by these practices, with people losing an average of £427.
The bank said that on average people lose more than £400 from these scams, but those aged 55-64 lose more than double that with £1,000.
Lloyd’s has commissioned its own investigations into fraud and found that most of this fraudulent activity starts on platforms like Facebook Marketplace or on Instagram.
As people search for cheaper items and the prices of popular goods like sneakers, clothing, game consoles and phones increase by 20%, more and more start to fall victim to new scams.
This is especially true during the Christmas Hurry when people struggle to get everything they need before the big day.
Liz Ziegler, Head of Fraud Prevention at Lloyds Bank, said: “With people particularly looking to grab a bargain this Christmas amid the tight cost of living, heartless scammers will be ready to rob unsuspecting victims of their hard-earned cash .
“Online shopping scams come in all shapes and sizes, but the vast majority start with items promoted on social media, where it’s too easy for scammers to use fake profiles and promote goods that simply don’t exist .
“The safest way to pay for things online is always with a debit or credit card and with a trusted merchant. Remember that if a deal looks too good to be true, it usually is.”
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— Lloyds Bank (@LloydsBank) December 14, 2022
Lloyds Bank’s 6 tips to protect yourself from online fraud
Here are Those of Lloyds Bank Tips to stay safe when buying cheaper items online:
1. Use your credit or debit card
This adds a layer of protection to your money should anything happen.
2. Look elsewhere for the article
Lower prices can hide scams so see if you can find it elsewhere, scammers can also use low availability to fool buyers.
3. Be wary of social media posts and direct messages
Check for offers yourself as targeted offers can be a scam.
4. Make sure the website or seller is legitimate
Look for good seller ratings and be wary of mixed or bad reviews
5. Ask questions before you buy
If the seller has trouble providing details or is trying to rush you, it may be a scam.
6. Never click on links from messages
Always visit the website, even if the message purports to be from a real company.
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