Have you ever bought or sold something online, only to find that the person at the other end isn’t the real deal?
National Consumer Fraud Week 2013 is all about outsmarting scammers online by learning how to buy and sell safely online without being duped.
Australians are increasingly going online to buy goods and services, taking advantage of the speed, convenience and greater choice that the internet can offer. Unfortunately scammers like shopping online for their victims too.
Stay one click ahead – follow the Top 5 tips to outsmart the scammers:
- Think twice – if a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.
- Find out what other shoppers say – make sure the person that you are dealing with, and their offer, is the real deal.
- Protect your identity – your personal details are private and invaluable; keep them that way and away from scammers.
- Keep your computer secure – Install software that protects your computer from viruses and unwanted programs and make sure it is kept up-to-date.
- Only pay via secure payment methods – look for a web address starting with ‘https’ and a closed padlock symbol. Never use a wire transfer service to send money to anyone you do not know and trust, and do not share your financial details with anyone.
Visit SCAMwatch to find out how scams work, how to protect yourself and what to do if you’ve been scammed: www.scamwatch.gov.au
Outsmart the Scammers!
National Consumer Fraud Week 2013
An initiative of the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce