DARK web criminals are getting into the Black Friday spirit by offering discounts on illegal goods, according to experts.
Cyber-researchers have spotted deals and discount codes for drugs, fake IDs and stolen data.
According to Sky News, James Chappell, co-founder of online security firm Digital Shadows, revealed: “We’ve seen the same strategies that online retailers and physical retailers use, being used in these criminal markets.
“We see them used either to provide discounts, ‘stack ’em high and sell ’em cheap’ type strategies, and we’ve seen the same with discount codes, introductions, building up excitement before the event, adverts that entice and enthuse.”
A report this week found that UK criminals make more money selling drugs online than anywhere else in Europe.
The research was conducted by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction and revealed that there were £24million worth of online drug sales in 2017/18.
The dark web is accessed using special browsers that offer users a higher degree of privacy and anonymity.
However, illegal drugs sales have also been observed on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.
In the legal world of Black Friday, shoppers have been warned that some deals may not be as good as they seem.
A report by consumer group Which? has found that only 5% of deals on Black Friday will actually be offering the cheapest price for products.
Check out some of our tips below for a more savvy shopping experience.
Our tips for finding the best deals this Black Friday and Cyber Monday
IT might be tempting to dive in and snap up LOADS of items on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but here’s how you can guarantee you’re getting a good deal.
PREPARE Research the items you want to buy and find out the cheapest price. Websites like PriceSpy, PriceHistory and CamelCamelCamel will give you historical data on prices so you can see how much you should pay.
GET FOLLOWING Follow your favourite shops on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and sign up to its deals newsletter to get the latest on any offers. We post the best deals in our Sun Money FB group too.
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