By Gordon Corera
Security correspondent

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Online shoppers are being warned of the risks of cyber-fraud during the festive season.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – part of GCHQ – is launching a major campaign called Cyber Aware with its first ever TV ads.

It says over last year's Christmas shopping period there was an average loss of £775 per incident from online shopping fraud.

The NCSC is outlining six key things people can do to protect accounts.

Online shopping has seen significant growth this year and is likely to reach new levels at Christmas – even with High Street shops now re-open again in many areas.

And with that comes the risk from criminals.

The NCSC is working on the campaign with the Home Office, the Cabinet Office and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and aims to help individuals and organisations to protect themselves online.

"Scammers stole millions from internet shoppers last Christmas – but by following our advice, you can protect yourself from the majority of their crimes," said Lindy Cameron, chief executive of the NCSC.

"We hope the Cyber Aware campaign helps people to shop confidently online and enjoy their Christmas."