Shoppers are being urged to be ‘savvy spenders’ in the run-up to Christmas amid concerns over the number of scams in operation.

Experts at Advice Direct Scotland have said that, with the cost-of-living crisis hitting household budgets, it is important that consumers carefully consider purchases they are making.

The charity is offering guidance on what to look out for in order to avoid being conned.

Conor Forbes, director of policy, said: “The cost-of-living crisis has had a worrying impact on consumers, so it is more important than ever that they are aware of their rights and know what to do if things go wrong.

“We’re encouraging everyone to become ‘savvy spenders’ by making informed choices about the things we spend our money on.

“Whether you’re buying a new car or looking for a new boiler, we can share our top tips to help ensure you are not caught out.

“Consumer legislation is there to protect us when things do not go to plan and our team is on hand to help with free, practical and impartial advice.”

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