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LISTEN: Cornwall's tills are alive for Black Friday

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Published by Emma Carton at 7:27am 23rd November 2018. (Updated at 9:49am 23rd November 2018)

The tills are alive in Cornwall as Black Friday arrives - with a cyber crime warning for online shoppers.

Figures suggest the average Brit is expected to spend £2000 in the run-up to Christmas.

Citizens Advice has handled 13,000 complaints about marketplace websites in the last year alone.

The number of problems being reported to the charity has increased by 35% in the last four years.

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Black Friday has arrived with a cyber crime warning, as problems reported to Citizens Advice jump 35% in four years

"Buying online doesn't replace the high street but it does present a very convenient way of shopping and a cost-effective way of shopping, as long as you are careful and dubious and don't believe everything you read".

"If you see something that looks like a good deal and seems too good to be true, it probably is.

"If you're unsure look for a telephone number on the site and maybe give the company a call, just to make sure there's a human at the end of the line.

"Reading the product descriptions very careful is another thing to be cautious of. You may think you're buying an Xbox and you end up just buying a buyer's guide to an Xbox.

Phil Allat, IT West in Hayle

 

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Citizens Advice says it has handled over 13,000 complaints about marketplace websites in the last year alone

 

What are the top tips to avoid being ripped off?

Pirate FM caught up with Andy Davenport, MD of Focus Technologies in Pool, for the best advice.

He says checking for things like a security padlock, privacy notices and terms and conditions are vital.

Listen to Andy's top five tips to avoid being ripped off when you try to bag a bargain online...

Listen to five tips to avoid cyber scams on Black Friday, from Cornwall-based firm Focus Technologies in Pool

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