Online scams bad new for Christmas shoppers

While most parents are attempting to shop early and get the best deals this year so that they can fit Christmas into their budget other unwilling parents are being scammed online. New research from the discount shopping website VoucherCodesPro.co.uk has revealed that about 11% of British parents have been the victim of some type of spam emails over the shopping days that are leading up to Christmas.

The Voucher website surveyed about 1600 people and found that a little over 80% admitted to getting spam emails at some point about special discounts on hot ticket goods. Another 10% stated that those who received emails had considered buying from them.

The most common reason that parents gave for attempting to purchase discounted games and toys was the fact that they were thinking about buying Christmas presents. Another 68% stated that they were just thinking about how to buy cheaper items. The last third stated that they did not realize that the websites were not reliable websites.

Every Christmas parents are under a lot of pressure to make sure that their children are happy regardless of the economic climate and financial pressures. Therefore, cyber thieves often use the top toys, fashion items and games to lure parent in.

The good news is that only two percent of those surveyed actually lost money by completing the fraudulent deals. VoucherCodesPro creator George Charles stated that everyone wants bit discounts in the days leading up to Christmas but shoppers need to be careful because if a deal seems too great to be true then it probably is a scam or something that bears being suspicious of.

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