The domain name company predicted that over the festive period £360 million will be spent online, an increase of 7 percent compared to £337 million spent on fake goods over the Christmas period in 2014.
NetNames advised that consumers should check the domain of a website using who.is to check whether the details match the company, along with conferring with other consumers to check it is safe.
Gary Mcllraith, CEO of NetNames, said: “Consumers may be caught out by cybercriminals selling counterfeits at a seemingly attractive price online.”
“Consumers must, therefore, remain wary of ‘too good to be true offers’ for the must-have gifts. To avoid falling victim to the latest online scams, consumers need to remember that if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.”