Online shopping is great for those seeking a bargain, a hard-to-find item or the convenience of avoiding a trip to the shops.
Unfortunately, cyber fraud is an increasing problem and many shoppers have paid for goods and services that they have not received – or received fake versions in place of branded items.
Don’t give your personal details, bank account numbers or credit card details to a company you don’t know or haven’t checked out. We are seeing an increasing number of customers paying for goods and services that they have not received.
Be especially careful of:
Always read everything on the page to make sure you understand what you’re buying. In particular, remember to scroll down the whole page to see the detail of any other offer.
When buying from a company based in Europe you may still be protected by some of your consumer rights under UK law, regardless of which country's laws are said to be applicable in the contract. If something goes wrong when buying from a company based outside Europe, it’s likely to be more difficult or expensive to put things right.
Just as with offline trading, be especially careful when you buy from a private seller as opposed to a business. If something goes wrong, your legal rights may not be the same as when you are dealing with a business. Always make sure you know who you’re buying from so you can make an informed choice.
If you use online auction sites, be suspicious of anyone who asks to be paid in a way that’s not normal for the site you’re using – for example, in cash.
The delivery and returns policy should tell you about the cost and method of delivery along with the return and refund details. Remember that returning goods to overseas suppliers may be expensive. Many websites will also have a frequently asked questions (FAQ's) page that you can read if you have any problems or queries.
Sometimes charges such as VAT, customs duties, delivery and packaging may be hidden or not included in the main price you’re shown. If you’re not sure you understand all the charges, don’t buy.
Be especially careful if you’re thinking of buying an item that’s currently unavailable but “due in stock soon”. Estimates of when things will be restocked can be very unreliable. Some sites offer a “Stock alert” service which will email you when an item is back in stock, rather than taking your money in advance, so you’re not out of pocket if you do have to wait a long time.
When you enter your details on screen, print off the page and keep it safe or save it to your hard drive. You should also keep details of the offer and the terms and conditions because information on the website may change after you make a purchase. Then if you have any queries about your order, or you need to return or exchange an item you’ll have confirmation of your order and the offer. Many companies will also email you to confirm your order, so save or print and keep this too.
Remember to check your monthly credit card statements for transactions made over the internet. You need to be aware that some company names which appear on your statement may differ from their website names.
Tell us immediately if there are any transactions you don’t recognise
If there are transactions on your statement that you don’t recognise, or you have any other statement queries, please call us straight away and we’ll be able to look into the transaction on your behalf.
For Platinum, Classic, Gold, Advance, Trustcard and Classic Reserve cards: call 0345 606 2172
For Lloyds Bank Avios Credit Cards: call 0345 606 2175
If you don’t recognise a transaction on your credit card, believe that you have received fake goods or don’t receive the goods or service you have paid for, you should first try to resolve your dispute directly with the seller.
If this doesn’t work we can try to help. Please write to us at the address below and give us:
Send the information to:
Lloyds Bank PLC
Card Services - Disputes & Chargebacks
Or call us on one of the numbers below:
Platinum, Classic, Gold, Advance, Trustcard and Classic Reserve
0345 606 2172
Lloyds Bank Avios Credit Cards
0345 606 2175