Is it a bargain or a scam? In the heat of the moment, it can be hard to tell, especially on Black Friday!

Criminals may try to trick you into purchasing goods/services that don’t exist by advertising them at too good to be true prices.

Follow advice from Halton Trading Standards and protect your money and information by only using retailers you trust, or authorised sellers named on official websites when shopping for deals online.

Visit the GetSafeOnline website for tips on how to shop safely online this Christmas.

#TakeFive to read online reviews from reputable sources to confirm websites are genuine.


To report a scam or fraud to Trading Standards, or for advice, go to the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline, 0808 223 1133.