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Cifas warns consumers of shopping scams ahead of Amazon Prime Day

17 June 2021

Cifas, the UK’s leading fraud prevention service, is warning members of the public to stay alert of shopping scams ahead of Amazon Prime Day on the 21st and 22nd June. The warning comes amidst reports of website domains being registered online with the intention of impersonating Amazon.

Cifas is reminding consumers to take a moment before clicking on links and providing personal details.

Cifas’ Head of Fraud Intelligence, Amber Burridge, said: ‘Criminals will be trying to take advantage of the annual Amazon Prime Day event and tempt consumers into handing over their personal and financial details. The event is designed to provide consumers with deals on the latest brands and products, meaning criminals’ attempts to fool unsuspecting consumers will appear more genuine.

‘It is vital consumers are on their guard when clicking on links or adverts. Providing simple personal details to a fraudster, such as name, date of birth and address, could see individuals targeted by criminals becoming victims of identity fraud.

‘If you think you’ve been the victim of a scam, then report it to your bank and Action Fraud, or Police Scotland immediately. You may also want to consider taking out a Protective Registration with Cifas, which will help protect you from identity fraud.’

Notes to editors

About Cifas

Cifas is the UK’s fraud prevention service. We lead the fight against fraud by sharing data, intelligence and learning. The organisations that collaborate with us are drawn from all sectors, operating in both the public and private sectors working together to stop fraud. A full list of our members can be found on our website.

Organisations that work with Cifas, contribute to and benefit from the UK’s largest databases of fraud risk data and intelligence. We are committed to the principle of collaboration, which connects and drives our community, and enables the sharing of:

Data
We enable the secure sharing of high quality, trusted data to fight fraud. Our databases are the most comprehensive and diverse sources of fraud risk data in the UK.

Intelligence
We provide research and dynamic intelligence that influences the threat picture and strengthens the response against fraud.

Learning
We are a leading provider of accredited education and trusted training.

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