The popularity of booking tickets, getting student discounts from restaurants or buying course books, paying for various services and subscriptions online, makes it easier for fraudsters to advertise fake products or services that may never arrive once you have paid.

General tips when purchasing:

  • Take care to research a private seller or even a legitimate-looking brand, for example, by reviewing other customers’ feedback.
  • Never open a link in an unexpected email.
  • Check URLs or email addresses of unsolicited emails, including the spelling, to make sure they are genuine.
  • Insist on viewing high-value items such as vehicles, in person before paying.
  • Use secure payment methods rather than direct bank transfers.



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