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cashback websites

Getting paid a financial reward for buying something online sounds too good to be true.

When a consumer clicks on a link from a 'cashback' site to a retailer or service provider, in order to buy anything from insurance to a phone contract, the consumer is paid a commission.

The problem is, with some sites offering rewards of up to £70 to buy products through them, is it encouraging fraudsters to get in on the money-making action?

Money Box heard from a listener who was sent a home insurance policy after someone hijacked her identity to make a false application, hoping to pocket the reward from a cashback website.

This item was first broadcast on Radio 4's Money Box on Saturday, 21 November 2009

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