Drive against online shopping scams

Police issue guide to help consumers avoid losing out this festive season

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By Adéle Land

Online shopping fraud is expected to hit an all-time high this festive season according to financial experts both in Spain and the UK.

In Spain during 2016 ecommerce saw a turnover of some €23 billion and the first quarter of 2017 saw an almost 25 per cent increase.

In the UK, the sector was a massive €153 billion with a 14 per cent growth expected to be shown for 2017.

With the post-Christmas sales already underway a number of campaigns are in place across Europe to help people avoid being scammed when shopping on the internet.

The National Police in Almería, together with the Spanish Agency for Data Protection, the National Institute of Cybersecurity (INCIBE) and the Spanish Agency for Consumer Affairs, (AECOSAN) have launched a ‘safe online shopping’ initiative which is being distributed via social media and public service websites.

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