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Scams and fraud are coming to town

Don't let fraudsters hang you out to dry

Beware common traps at Christmas

Island consumers are 'all too often' targeted by fraudsters in the run-up to Christmas, according to the Office of Fair Trading.

The authority has issued a list of tips to avoid common online shopping pitfalls.

It's thought the British public lost almost £16 million to fraud last Christmas.

Fake clones of sought-after branded goods, bogus websites, and sellers stealing your identity are among the main scams to avoid.

Anyone concerned about fraud is encouraged to contact the OFT on 686500.

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