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With so many of us ready to grab as many good deals as we can this Black Friday, it‚Äôs important to note the dangers that can be lurking in the midst of the internet.
Black Friday is a Cyber-criminals dream, with over 170 million people shopping online for Black Friday last year. They can disguise fraud with fake deals advertised on fake sites, or sent through on a fake email account. Studies have shown that cyber crime takes up a 3rd of the UK‚Äôs overall crime.
Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA UK) found in their research that 31% of people shopping online during Black Friday are more likely to take a financial risk. In 2016, this resulted in an estimated total of ¬£156 million in e-commerce card fraud. It was predicted this week that Brits could spend up to ¬£10,000 per second on Black Friday alone.
The UK‚Äôs national intelligence and security organisation, GCHQ, has issued a warning to shoppers about the threat of cyber crime this Black Friday. So, here‚Äôs what you can do today to make sure you‚Äôre not the next victim of cyber crime.
The NCSC‚Äôs Technical Director, Dr Ian Levy, says: ‚ÄúStaying safe online doesn‚Äôt require deep technical knowledge, and we want the whole country to know the NCSC speaks the same language as them‚Äù.