Shop savvy this Xmas

This Christmas you might find the deal of a lifetime, but beware, you could be tricked into giving your money or bank details to criminals. Remember to #ShopSavvy and always #TakeFive.

Shop savvy this Xmas

2021 will see more people than ever shopping online this Christmas. As convenient and necessary as this may be, how do you spot a real bargain from a scam?

Criminals have cleverly adjusted their tactics to reach unsuspecting consumers. They are sophisticated at using social media and auction sites to attract a larger pool of potential victims. Crucially, they know how to imitate high profile brands so that they appear legitimate and secure.

We’re here to provide you with straight-forward and practical advice to help keep you safe online. Remember to #ShopSavvy this Christmas and always #Take Five – Stop, Challenge, Protect.

Fraud and scams are preventable, and you can find out more about how to avoid Purchase Scams here.


Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.


Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.


Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud.

Scam warning: Criminals may purport to be from Take Five, using our official branding on websites, social media posts, literature, on the phone or by text. Take Five doesn’t provide endorsement or approval for any products/services and would never call or text anyone.