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A look back at Get Safe Online Week

Monday 12 November 2012, by

A message from Tony Neate, CEO of Get Safe Online.

Last month we saw the annual event that is Get Safe Online Week.  We hope that you heard about it, and helped share your safety tips and advice.

The theme for this year’s campaign was ‘Click & Tell’ – a great way to help other people to protect themselves … and in the process find out more for yourself about how to stay safe online.

We were particularly pleased to have Gumtree on board to support our ongoing campaign for online safety, sharing tips and advice on Facebook and Twitter.

On the subject of safe buying and selling online, here are a few tips to follow to make sure it’s completely safe:

  • Always trade face-to-face, don’t send money for an item you haven’t seen.
  • Meet sellers somewhere public like a café, and if possible take someone with you. Make sure you’re completely happy with the item that you’re buying before handing over any money.
  • Give only the minimum necessary personal information to sellers and buyers on the site.
  • Don’t carry large sums of money … if you’re buying something expensive, meet the seller and view the item first.
  • If you have any doubts or notice anything suspicious about an ad or seller, contact the website, and don’t go ahead with the transaction.
  • And above all, use your common sense and intuition.

For more information and to find out top tips on how to stay safe online, visit

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