Christmas scams

Christmas is a time for good cheer! So don’t let a fraudster ruin your festivities with a scam. Here are some scams to watch out for over Christmas – learn to protect yourself and tell friends and family too!

Online shopping scams

Internet shopping may be convenient and preferable to battling crowded high streets but it’s important to beware of the risks like bogus sellers and fake goods. Black Friday is a chance to pick up some bargains – but is an offer really too good to be true? Also watch out for phantom goods scams, where you pay for something online that doesn’t ever materialise. Learn to avoid scams when you shop online with this advice from Get Safe Online.

Missed delivery cards

Expecting parcels in the post? Watch out for fake delivery cards which look like the Royal Mail ‘Something for you’ cards and urge you to call an 0208 number. However, this number is not registered to Royal Mail. Find out more and how to spot fake and real cards on the Action Fraud website.

Holiday scams

Thinking of travelling this Christmas? Beware holiday scams which are often promoted as last-minute bargains that seem too good to miss. Follow this advice from Action Fraud to ensure you book safely.

Charity donations

It can be great to give back over Christmas, but there are plenty of fraudsters seeking to take advantage and steal your donations. Read this guide from the Fraud Advisory Panel to ensure your money goes where you want it.


Love to give and receive e-cards? While legitimate e-cards can be fun, fake versions can spread malware or invite you to click on links which turn out to be phishing for information about you. Learn to spot fake e-cards with these tips from Get Safe Online.

These are just a few of the scams that may be particularly prevalent over Christmas. Learn about more Christmas scams from Action Fraud and Get Safe Online.