SOUTH Yorkshire Police has released information to help prevent people from falling victim to potential scams while doing their Christmas shopping.

As shops are closed due to the ongoing pandemic, many people may turn online to do their Christmas shopping.

However, scammers can target shoppers online, and the police are urging the public to follow online safety tips to help prevent people from falling victim to the scams.

A spokesperson from the force said: “This Christmas more of us than ever before will be shopping online for our presents.

“We want to help people avoid being a victim of fraud – to protect themselves and their finances.”

Stay safe online by:

  • Make sure websites are secure and authentic

  • Don't pay for anything by transferring money directly – use a credit card where possible and only buy from reputable retailers

  • Log out of the web page or app after a purchase

  • Avoid 'free' or 'low cost' trials

  • Don't click on links in emails, texts or social media posts and do not open attachments in unexpected emails

For more information about how to stay safe online click here.