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Don’t have a nightmare before Christmas

23 Nov 2017

Last year, 15,423 people reported being a victim of shopping fraud. Don’t be a victim

Santa and a reindeer in an identity parade

The University’s Cyber security programme was created to help defend the University from cyber threats. However, it’s also important to keep yourself safe online, especially at this time of year.

Action Fraud – the National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre – have reported on a number of items, which should make us all wary when shopping online for Christmas, Black Friday, Cyber Monday or indeed any time of year.

Online auction fraud accounted for 65% of reports, with the average loss for these reports coming in at £727. Victims reported losing over £16 million in total. Men aged 20-29 are the most common victims.


  • If you ever receive a suspicious email, read the University’s email phishing page for advice.
  • If something seems too much of a bargain, it’s probably poor quality, fake or doesn’t exist.
  • Never click on unsolicited emails or text messages. Criminals can use the technology to make emails or texts look like they come from a legitimate business or organisation.

Find out more on the Action Fraud website: