We've had Black Friday - now it's Cyber Monday, and shoppers are expected to spend a whopping £1 billion.
The online-only event lasts just 24 hours. But how do you avoid falling prey to internet scammers?
Follow these top tips from Financial Fraud Action UK:
- 1. Take five before you buy
If you are using a retailer for the first time, always take time to research them before you give them any of your details. Be prepared to ask questions before buying.
- 2. Trust your instincts
If an offer looks too good to be true, then there is often a catch.
- 3. Be sure you know who you are dealing with
Always access the website you are planning to buy from by typing the address into your web browser - and be wary of clicking on links in unsolicited emails.
- 4. Look for the padlock symbol in the address bar
It is a good indication that the retailer is reputable.
- 5. Only use retailers you trust
For example, ones you know or that have been recommended to you.
If you are buying an item made by a major brand, you can often find a list of authorised sellers on their official website.