HAMPSHIRE shoppers are being warned of online fraudsters.

Retail and non-essential shops are re-opening across the UK, but many people continue to shop online.

Fraud and cybercrime experts are warning the public to remain vigilant and take extra care.

Figures published by Action Fraud say online shoppers lost of over £16 million to scammers during the coronavirus lockdown.

It is reported that 16,352 people fell victim to online shopping and auction fraud since March.

To prevent falling victim to online fraud, shoppers are urged to do the following:

Where to shop

• If you’re making a purchase from a company or seller you don’t know and trust, carry out research first and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase.

Email accounts

• Use a strong, separate password for your email account. Criminals can use your email to access other online accounts, such as those you use for online shopping.


• Some of the emails or texts you receive about "amazing" offers may contain links to fake websites. Not all links are bad, but, if you’re unsure, don't use the link and type the website directly into your browser instead.

Anyone who has been a victim of fraud is urged to call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040