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Tips For Safe Last Minute Christmas Shopping

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On the JJ Barnes Blog, I check out top tips for how to avoid scams and enjoy safe last minute Christmas shopping!

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Jingle bells may be ringing, but for some, those festive chimes are drowned out by the frantic scramble of last-minute Christmas shopping. The pressure to find the perfect gifts amidst the holiday hustle can cloud our judgment, making us vulnerable to those seeking to capitalize on our desperation. Fear not, fellow procrastinators! This blog post is your holiday lifeline, your trusty reindeer to navigating the treacherous terrain of last-minute shopping without falling prey to festive fraud.

Whether you’re a seasoned gift-giver with a penchant for eleventh-hour heroics or a newcomer to the frantic world of December 23rd shopping, this guide is for you. With the help of Trevor Cooke, online security expert from EarthWeb, I have learned how to protect myself from cybercrime whilst online shopping.

Stay tuned, intrepid gift-getters, as we navigate the treacherous landscape of festive deals and dubious discounts. Buckle up, because the sleigh of safety awaits!

Top Tips For Safe Last Minute Christmas Shopping

Too Good To Be True

If a Christmas deal seems too good to be believed, it probably is. Scammers often use enticing offers to lure unsuspecting shoppers. If you find a deal on a branded product that is well below the normal price then you should be wary, for example if a bike is normally £1,000 but you see it selling for £400 you should question why.

What to do? Cooke advises triple checking the credibility of the website before purchasing. Read online reviews and check social media profiles to verify the business is legitimate. 

Beware Fake Gift Cards

Fake gift cards promise substantial discounts or free purchases from popular retailers or online platforms. However, they’re used to steal personal and financial information. 

QR codes on fake gift cards can take people to malicious websites, or cause them to download malware onto their devices. Always be cautious and only purchase gift cards from reputable sources. 

Watch Your Wi-Fi

If you’re making purchases on the go using public Wi-Fi at places like coffee shops or train stations, be extra cautious. These Wi-Fi networks are less secure so the ideal is to use a trusted and password-protected network. 

However you can also use VPN networks to encrypt your internet connection, safeguard your data, and ensure online privacy. VPNs do this by masking your IP address and location from potential cyber criminals.

Don’t Fall Victim To This Common Scam

There is an increase in phishing activity leading up to the Christmas season as criminals know that people are in shopping-mode. 

Be cautious of emails or messages claiming to be from online retailers, asking for personal information or payment details. Always verify the sender’s email address and double-check the legitimacy of the request.

About Earthweb

While the holiday season is indeed a busy time for cybercriminals, being aware and prepared can make all the difference. By staying informed about their tactics and following these simple safety tips, you can shop for your last-minute gifts with confidence and peace of mind. Remember, a little caution goes a long way in ensuring your Christmas shopping is joyful and secure.

– Trevor Cooke, EarthWeb,

EarthWeb helps you discover the best research guides and resources for tech and online privacy. Their mission is to help you simplify processes and make informed buying decisions. 

Trevor Cooke is the online privacy expert at EarthWeb. His personal mission is to help keep consumers safe by keeping them informed of privacy tips and common online scams.


With a dash of caution, a sprinkle of vigilance, and a healthy dose of festive cheer, you can conquer the online wilderness and emerge victorious, armed with the perfect gifts and a bank account singing with holiday joy.

So, go forth, intrepid gift-hunters, and let your last-minute shopping be a testament to your savvy and spirit. Remember, the true magic of Christmas isn’t found in perfectly wrapped packages, but in the warmth of connection and the joy of giving.

May your holidays be merry, bright, and scam-free! Now, go forth and spread the festive cheer, one thoughtful gift at a time!

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