Black Friday is going to look a lot different this year, COVID-19 will bring an end to the scenes of fighting in the supermarket to get £50 off a new TV (from a brand you’ve never heard of).

England is currently in Lockdown and while our high streets are closed, our eyes are drawn to the deals available from our favourite stores online. Retailers make it as easy as possible to spend your hard-earned cash with them, often your next delivery is just a thumbprint away.

Amazon is offering 80% savings in some of their lightning round deal, which can save you a ton of cash with a one-click purchase. But you must be vigilant when making a purchase under pressure!

The danger at this time of year is that fraudsters are out in force, sending emails containing links to spoofed sites. Even Instagram is full of ads to sites selling fake goods.

But it’s not all doom and gloom, there are some genuine bargains out there! Just shop smart and follow these tips…

1. Check the website URL

Do you know who you are giving your information to?

2. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Are you about to buy Ray Ban Sunglasses with 99% off, it’s not going to be the real deal and who are you giving your information to?

3. Using a third-party selling site? Check the reviews!

Amazon and eBay are great places to shop, but it’s a good idea to read the reviews before proceeding.

4. Keep an eye on your bank balance…

…so that you can quickly spot and report fraudulent transactions.

5. Avoid clicking links through emails


You’ll have a lot of marketing emails coming your way. Avoid being directed to spoofed sites, visit your favourite webpage and find the deal yourself.

6. Always lookout for the padlock symbol

The padlock symbol in the web address ensures that the website is secure. You should be doing this all year round!