The force is with fraudsters this Christmas

Research carried out by Opinium, on behalf of Barclays, across 2,006 nationally representative adults found that two thirds (65%) of UK parents would use an unfamiliar site to find the must have toys of the year, with Lego Star Wars BB8 coming out on top as the most in-demand present for children this Christmas.

Additionally, two thirds (63%) of respondents in Scotland say they feel under pressure when buying gifts for their loved ones at Christmas, with a fifth (20%) admitting to ‘panic buying’ presents.

This stressful setting is the ideal opportunity for fraudsters to strike, with 20% of Scottish gift givers willing to register and save their personal details on an unfamiliar website and a further 14% prepared to buy from a website without thinking whether their payment is secure.

Almost a fifth (17%) of Scottish scam victims have been scammed over the Christmas period, thus Barclays is warning everyone to stay vigilant when shopping online this December.

Read more about this research here.