12 ways to dodge festive fraudsters

Christmas is a “fraudster’s paradise”, according to the National Fraud Authority (NFA). We all get careless with our cash at this time of year, and in the last-minute rush to grab presents (or in a careless moment after a few too many at the office Christmas party) it can be easy to be suckered in by scam merchants. The NFA has produced this handy guide to protecting yourself – it’s worth a look.


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