The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued a reminder to be wary of scammers trying to ruin their Christmas holidays.
“Scammers often try to take advantage of people during the busy Christmas period and prey on our vulnerabilities at this time of year. For example, they may take advantage of you looking for a good deal on a family holiday, searching for a loved one’s present at an online store, or even that you’re expecting a present from someone through the post,” the warning stated.
In particular, the ACCC has advised to watch out for three common holiday season scams:
“Your personal information is often just as valuable to a scammer as your money so always be careful about the information you give out online,” said ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard.
“There are some simple tips you can follow to stay ahead of scammers these holidays. If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. Do your research on any online stores you’re using, especially if it’s for the first time. Never do a deal or make a payment outside the online auction site you are using. If you are buying from a classified website only hand over the money when you have physically inspected the goods.
“Finally, never open attachments or download files you receive out of the blue—no matter who the email comes from or how legitimate it looks,” Rickard added.