Scams to watch out for

Scams to be aware of                                                    

We are past the peak scam season (e.g. the Christmas e-card with a link to malicious software which can damage your computer or steal personal details), but we always need to be on the lookout.

For example, the insidious online dating scam happens year round  – see Scams: How to identify and avoid. The parcel scam also. You receive a notice about an unsuccessful delivery or someone knocks on your door saying they’re from Australia Post. If they say you need to pay  for the delivery or provide personal details, BEWARE!

Also beware collectors for charity who approach you directly. They may not be who they say they are. Charity gift cards can also be a problem  – it is not uncommon for the charity to end up with only 10% of what you have given. Normal gift cards should also be treated with care e.g. make sure that the expiry date provides enough time to use it before it  runs out because you have no rights after that date.

If you have come across a different scam, please help us to alert other people by leaving a comment below.

Russell Wheeler
CEO and Consumer Advocate
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