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9:37am 27th December 2012

Cornwall is warned not to get caught out by scammers in the last minute Christmas rush

Thousands of us are expected to go online to snap up presents.

But police say there has been a spike in fraud cases in the Duchy and Devon this year.

Mike from Praa Sands was stung via his PayPay account:

"I got three little purchases through the post which I hadn't ordered and based on those purchases someone had identified my PayPal account and had taken over £2,000 out of a bank account.

"I checked my other bank account and found in the early hours of the morning two more purchases were made on the other bank account, after some minor test purchases, and over another thousand pounds had been emptied from that bank account.

"I was quite amazed because I have quite complex passwords and also I am not a regular PayPal user. I probably haven't used them for about six to nine months."

Deputy Chief Constable David Zinzan said:

"That (the increase in rates) reflects the increased use of the internet etc. People make themselves far more vulnerable and people may be buying purchases from overseas and things like that. So, it's just to be aware of the kind of personal information you are passing over the internet and for people to satisfy themselves that it is a legimate company."

Five tips for safe shopping:

*Make sure transactions are secure

*Make sure sellers are legitimate and reputable

*Don't send personal, financial or confidential information by e-mail

*Use an online payment option like PayPal, something that's reputable, to protect you

*Go to the Action Fraud website for more advice or to make a report if you think you have been a victim 

9:37am 27th December 2012

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