Beware of websites claiming to sell flat screen televisions

Fraudsters have created a high specification website advertising flat screen televisions for sale which are below market value and do not exist.

Friday, 21st August 2015, 4:00 pm

Payment is being requested via bank transfer and will offer no protection to the consumer when the television does not arrive.

Protect yourself:

*Payments made via bank transfer are not protected should you not receive the item.

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*Always make payment via a credit card or PayPal where you have some avenue of recompense should you not receive your product.

*Conduct some online research on the website, company name and business address to identify any poor feedback or irregularities.

*Check the authenticity of websites before making any purchases. A ”whois” search on the website will identify when the website has been created, so be wary of newly formed domains. This search can be conducted using the following website - https://who.is/

*If the item advertised seems too good to be true, it probably is.

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone on 0300 123 2040.