ONLINE SHOPPING IS becoming more popular in Ireland and an increase is expected over the Christmas period.
Over 50% of Irish people shop online and around 30% of people will use their mobile phones as their main shopping tool.
A recent CSO household survey found that 79% of people who made purchases online did not experience any problems, while just 2% reported fraudulent activity.
However, with a 15% increase in online purchases last December and another boost expected this month, consumers are being warned of the possible dangers.
An Garda SÃochÃ¡na launched the SOS (Safe Online Shopping) campaign ahead of the busy Christmas period.
Detective Garda Jim Oâ€™Meara of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau, said: â€œWe would caution people to protect their personal and financial details online.
Last year â‚¬41 billion was spent worldwide on credit and debit cards issued in Ireland, â‚¬13.2 billion (32%) spent on line.
Sergeant Kelvin Courtney of the Garda Crime Prevention National Centre of Excellence said, â€œShopping online is safe so long as we use our credit and debit cards correctly.
In the first six months of this year there has been â‚¬16.6 million gross card fraud.
Detective Superintendent Michael Gubbins, Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau, said,Â â€œAn Garda SÃochÃ¡na and its partners in Europol are actively targeting cybercrimes such as online fraud.