Beware of the 12 Scams of Christmas

Stockport Council is warning local residents not to fall foul of the ’12 scams of Christmas’.

The advice, which applies to all situations where someone is trying to part you from your money, is:Don’t give bank or personal details to anyone over the phone or on the internet unless you are sure you know who you are dealing with;

  • Think about whether you want the goods or services offered and if you do, where do you want to buy them;
  • There is no purchase so urgent that it can’t wait a couple of days while you make some enquiries;
  • Shop around to compare prices and check with family, friends or professional organisations for recommendations or warnings;
  • Make sure you know who you are dealing with and how to contact them if things go wrong.

Councillor Martin Candler, Stockport Council’s Executive Member for the Communities and Sustainability, said: “he Council is committed to doing all we can to help residents avoid becoming a victim of a scam over the festive period. The key message to remember is that you are in charge, there are simple steps you can take to guard against scams and if you think you’ve spotted a scam, report it immediately. If something appears to be too good to be true, it probably is not true.”

The 12 scams identified are:

  • Online shopping
  • Christmas e-cards
  • Auction frau
  • Holiday Fraud
  • Loan and investment scams
  • Ticketing fraud
  • Donating to charity
  • Mobile, malware and malicious apps
  • Money transfers
  • Social media scams
  • Dating fraud
  • Mobile payments

The “12 scams of Christmas” are part of the Council’s safety initiative which aims to inform Stockport residents of ways they can protect themselves and their property over the festive season.