According to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission's (ACCC) Scamwatch, Australians have lost about $12.9 million to online shopping including classifieds scams so far this year.
“This is a very busy time of year, and scammers often try to take advantage of unsuspecting shoppers rushing to organise gifts,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.
“Before you buy, it’s important to be aware of the possibility of scams. While some scammers try to make online stores look legitimate by requesting payment via PayPal or credit card, always double check that the real PayPal platform is being used. Be suspicious of too good to be true offers and any sellers that ask you to pay by bank transfer, gift cards or cryptocurrency,” Ms Rickard said.
Scamwatch also reminds us that scammers also take advantage of people expecting deliveries.
“Australia Post and other parcel delivery companies will never email, call or text you asking for personal or financial information or a payment. Many delivery companies have apps where you can track your parcels rather than clicking on links in messages or emails,” Ms Rickard said.
Find out more about how scams work and how to protect yourself via the Scamwatch website.