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22 November 2016, 06:00
There's a warning young people are the most likely to get stung by internet fraudsters this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
1.4 million people in the North East are expected to try and grab some bargains, but researchers, the Kaspersky Lab, have found up to 25% would buy from a website they knew nothing about to get the best price.
Their study also found people in the North East are 3 times more likey to shop online - rather than face all big queues and shoving that usually comes with in-store events.
Analysts found that last year, online traffic was 60% higher on Cyber Monday than on a normal day and traffic between midnight and 8am was up by 9% on 2014.
With that, the potential for scams and online fraud also increases - but 8 in 10 consumers say they wouldn’t know how to spot a scam or fake website.
So we've asked DS Martin Wilson, from the North East's Cyber-Crime Unit for his tips on staying safe: