Clare Gardaí are warning people to be aware of potential scams, when shopping online in the run up to Christmas.
They say people should be awarer of websites that only accept wire transfers, cryptocurrency, or prepaid cards, as these methods offer little no protection to the buyer.
While text messages or emails asking you to click on a link to make a payment may result in scammers gaining access to your accounts.
Garda Eimear McDonagh from Clare’s Crime Prevention Office is also urging people not to share sensitive data.
“When it comes to online shopping scams, it’s crucial to be cautious when sharing personal and financial information. Legitimate retailers will never ask for your bank account details, personal information such as your mother’s maiden name and date of birth or passwords via email or online messaging. Remember, reputable companies will have secure communication channels and will never ask for unnecessary personal information.
“Lastly, trust your instincts and be sceptical if a seller puts pressure on you to make an immediate purchase. Scammers often create a sense of urgency. Remember, a genuine seller will understand if you need to do some research or think it over before making a purchase and always remember, if something feels off or too good to be true, it probably is”.