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Shop safer on Mega Monday

3rd of December, 2010

192.com urges caution ahead of online Christmas shopping bonanza

Identity checking experts 192.com are urging shoppers to background check e-traders ahead of Monday December 6, or 'Mega Monday' predicted to be the year's busiest online Christmas shopping spree.

Analysis published by the IMRG, the UK trade association for online retailers, forecasted a £0.5bn online spending binge on Sunday December 5 and Monday December 6, and that total online spending for the Christmas period, over the course of November and December will be £12.4bn.

Dominic Blackburn, Product Director of 192.com said "It's easy to get carried away in the Christmas rush, but if legitimate e-retailers are going to be busy, then so will fraudsters.

"If you're buying from members of the public or from small businesses, we urge you check out their validity as businesses or their identity as individuals - and the best way of doing that is by confirming their address. If their address cannot be found there is reason to question their authenticity."

"If you're buying from members of the public or from small businesses, we urge you check out their validity as businesses or their identity as individuals - and the best way of doing that is by confirming their address. If their address cannot be found there is reason to question their authenticity."

"Online auction and classified sites are also open to abuse, which is worrying when people seek to cut their Christmas spend by chasing bargains," added Blackburn."

"Online shoppers must be aware of whom their transacting with at all times, and 192.com database is designed to help you spot a fake name, website or questionable business."

Use 192.com to:

  • Verify a seller's name and address: 192.com's free directory enquiries and millions of records on the Edited Electoral Roll will verify their contact details - something fraudsters are keen to hide.
  • Understand the company you're dealing with: 192.com provides access to company credit reports, and third party web references. When checking out a UK company credit report on 192.com you can see if there have been county-court judgments against that business - useful to know if you're about to hand over money.
  • Access Company and Director find reports and get more background on the business.
  • Are you dealing with a business or individual? Utilise 192.com's business records to pinpoint where they are, and what they do.

Action Fraud and the City of London Police's National Fraud Intelligence Bureau have recorded 15% increase in shopping and auction fraud since July. 192.com's own research found that 17% of consumers had been ripped off online.

For more information contact the 192.com Press Office.

192.com

192.com is the UK's most awarded online directory, helping find people, businesses and places for four million users every month. On 192.com, users can search almost 700 million records including free directory enquiries, edited electoral roll information, local business records, interactive mapping, aerial photography and property reports.

Sources

Action Fraud Statement, November29
http://www.actionfraud.org.uk/online-scams-targeting-christmas-shoppers-nov10

IMRG Press Release, November 25, 2010
http://www.internetretailing.net/2010/11/peak-online-pre-christmas-trading-set-for-12-58pm-december-6/

Conducted by One Poll, who surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1,500 people.

For more information contact the 192.com Press Office.