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OFT warns of dangers of internet shopping at Christmas

Thu, 07 Dec 2017

The Island's Office of Fair Trading is warning Manx residents of the risks of buying Christmas presents online.

The OFT expects trends highlighted by Action Fraud in the UK will also be reflected in the Isle of Man.

Action Fraud warns mobile phones are the most likely item a person will try to buy from a fraudster, while Yeezy trainers and Kylie Jenner makeup were also featured in popular scams.

Last year Christmas shopping fraud rose by over a quarter, with 65% of fraud taking place in online auctions.

The OFT is urging those shopping online not to make rushed decisions, beware of those with little selling history and to google a website if you haven't used it before to see if its been linked to scams.

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