Nov 24, 2016Industry insights,
It's a blinding deal
Unless you’ve been living in a bubble for the last few weeks, you’ll have noticed the high street and online retailers gearing up their best deals, ready for the two main events of the retail calendar; Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s an opportunity to get yourself some amazing deals and literally shop ‘till you drop.
The craze has made its way over the pond from the US, and like many US trends, the UK have embraced them like only we can; fighting tooth and nail (literally) to make sure we are the ones leaving with that discounted TV or computer.
Let’s not get blinded by the deal, though. It’s imperative during this shopping frenzy, to keep yourself and your details protected.
Here are our top tips for making sure you have a trouble free shopping spree:
Obvious, but important
When shopping online, make sure you’re buying from a reputable business. Only shop with brands that you recognise and trust.
Don’t trust everything you hear
Always make sure you can verify who you’re speaking with and never part with your bank details or make payments over the phone to people claiming to be either from a charity or your bank.
Remember scammers will pray on the spontaneous desire for us all to get a good deal. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Keep your payment cards in a safe place and watch out for ‘shoulder surfers’ when entering in your PIN.
Review your purchases
It’s a great idea to review your bank and credit card statements in December and January, to ensure that all those deals stack up. Doing this should prevent any additional expense going unnoticed.
The most important thing to remember is that deals will come and go throughout the year, not just on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Your personal and online security is priceless and shouldn’t be compromised for the sake of a deal.