Police have issued an urgent warning to Black Friday shoppers after revealing more than 900 people in Northamptonshire have lost more than £500,000 to fraudsters already during 2021.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday traditionally marks the start of the festive shopping season.

Members from Northamptonshire Police Economic Crime Unit are joining colleagues from Action Fraud to raise awareness of online scams and prevent people from giving bogus sellers an even happier Christmas.

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Fraud squad officers in Northamptonshire are echoing warnings to shop safely

PC Neil MacKenzie warned: “Fraudsters give absolutely no thought as to whether you and your family are left without presents at Christmas time.

“More and more people are taking advantage of the ease and convenience of online shopping and it’s a great way to compare prices, find bargains and save money.

“But there are specific risks related to buying products and services online.

“In the first ten months of this year, we’ve seen 930 county residents lose an average of £577 to online criminals. And with Christmas shopping and the seasonal sales in full swing, we’d like to share some advice to help people avoid the fraudsters.

“Nobody wants to pay for a criminal’s Christmas.”

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