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If you share my enthusiasm for Black Friday deals, from gadgets to a limited edition Captain Kirk kitchen apron, you’ve likely indulged in a shopping spree or two. However, with a new threat on the horizon this year, exercising caution before clicking that online checkout button is crucial.

The menace in question? Artificial intelligence, the scammers’ newfound superpower. As any seasoned viewer of the extensive Star Trek series knows, power in the wrong hands can only spell disaster. Stay vigilant.

Warp factor 9 Captain, I have the new Dyson V15 Detect Total Clean cordless vacuum with a laser to buy!  So what’s your point?

Before you invest in your new cleaning equipment, it’s crucial to be aware that a staggering £10.6 million fell into the hands of online scammers between November 2022 and January 2023. This averages out to £639, equivalent to the cost of filling up a support ship’s fuel tank.

With fraudsters now equipped with artificial intelligence, the credibility of online scams is becoming increasingly convincing. Fake advertisements, scam emails, and deceptive websites lurk, ready to wreak havoc on your bank account. Without the proper safeguards in place, concerns about cleaning the floor with a steam mop will pale in comparison to the potential financial fallout.

If you’re uneasy about the looming threat of AI, you’re not alone. According to recent data from Revealing Reality, 72% of the UK population expresses concern that new technologies will facilitate criminal activities like fraud. Additionally, statistics reveal that individuals aged 25-34 are the most susceptible to falling victim to scams.

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“Well, that rules you out, doesn’t it, Captain?”

Indeed, charm has its place. However, with the passage of time comes wisdom, and with wisdom, a wealth of knowledge on navigating the online world cautiously. So, if safeguarding your purse is a priority this shopping season, here’s what you can do:

  • Implement two-step verification for your accounts.
  • Ensure your passwords are robust. You can check their strength here.
  • Use distinct passwords for each of your accounts.
  • Exercise caution with unfamiliar websites or retailers.
  • Resist the temptation to click on suspicious emails, even if they promise unbelievably enticing bargains.

For an extra layer of online security, consider discussing our latest protection packages with our knowledgeable IT crew.

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