Staying safe from fraud this Christmas time

We all know how stressful Christmas shopping can be. You’ve got so many people to buy for in so little time and worst of all, the shops are so full that you have to battle your way through in order to get it all done. It’s no wonder you might not have had a chance to think about keeping yourself safe from fraudsters.

But it’s important that you do, as fraudsters are always thinking of new ways to catch you out. You might think it’s more likely to occur in the hustle and bustle of the high street but unfortunately these days, you’re even at risk in the comfort of your own home. In fact, fraud through online shopping cost the UK over £163 million in 2013 according to Financial Fraud Action UK, appearing top of the list of the most common types of fraud.vintage christmas shopping

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Where it may be difficult to stop fraud from happening all together, you can help yourself by learning more about it. With this in mind, NatWest has created the How to Fight Fraud tool which you can find here. It takes a look at the 11 most common types of fraud, explaining what each type of fraud consists of, as well as providing tips on how you can stay protected.

So remember, whilst you’re enjoying the festive period, stay savvy to those fraudsters to ensure your Christmas is a happy one this year.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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