Cheshire police are warning local residents to not fall victim to online scams and fake goods ahead of two of the biggest shopping days of the year.
During last year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday online sales were up by 46 per cent as shoppers chased down the best deals for Christmas.
This year it’s forecasted that £2 billion will be spent on Black Friday alone and more than £8 million, in total, by the end of Cyber Monday.
The Anti-Counterfeiting Group has put together these useful tips for shoppers to help protect themselves:
1. Check who you are buying from. If you’re in the high street, go to a reputable store. If you’re online remember that over 83% of fakes come from China. So, if the web site or shipping address looks to be in China or Hong Kong take extra care.
2. Don’t be too quick in committing your money. Check the price of the product against other sites. You may even get the same deal from the original manufacturers.
3. Once again, if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is!
For more tips on how to avoid being caught out this Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend go to https://www.a-cg.org/consumer-advice