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Christmas online shopping tips

Alert message sent 04/12/2019 08:45:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

Dear all,

THAT time of year is once again upon us and if, like me, you avoid the crowds and prefer to sit at home in the warm and click your Christmas shopping then here are a few festive tips:

Use a secure Internet connection when online shopping, and avoid using public wi-fi.

Paying by Credit Card offers greater protection as most major credit card providers insure online purchases.  Check your card's terms and conditions for exact details.

Before entering payment card details on a website, ensure the link is secure.  There should be a padlock symbol in the browser window frame, which appears when you attempt to log in or register. The web address should also begin with ‘https://’.  The ‘s’ stand for ‘secure’.

Check reviews to see if there are reviews and recommendations from a trusted source.

Check the web address for subtle misspellings, additional words and characters and other irregularities.  For more information visit  You can read more tips in the Christmas Online Shopping Booklet on the OPPC website.


PCSO 14916 Towler
Meon Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team
Message sent by
Barry Towler (Police, PCSO, Winchester district)

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