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From our Adopt-a-Cop

7/11/2014

Online Scams 

The Internet provides a medium whereby unscrupulous operators can target consumers, with the marketing of illegal schemes and scams. Some of the more common scams include:

  • Get rich quick schemes
  • Miracle health products
  • Competitions & lotteries 
  • Pyramid/referring selling/multi-level marketing
  • Nigerian loan/investment scams
  • Work at home schemes

 

Misleading or deceptive conduct or conduct which is likely to mislead or deceive is likely to contravene the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. Be wary of anyone asking you to send money.  If you get emailed by a family member or friend asking for cash, ring them and speak to them to verify.  There have been numerous reports to Police recently of email accounts being hacked and people receiving emails from people in their own address list requesting money. Once you’ve sent money online it is nearly impossible to recover it. 

There is ample information available on the Internet in relation to scams currently marketed worldwide and the precautions to follow. Some of the following links offer advice on spotting cyber scams and methods to protect you from becoming a victim:

www.scamwatch.gov.au
www.accc.gov.au/consumers/online-shopping 
www.staysmartonline.gov.au
https://www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/on-the-internet
www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au 

To subscribe to weekly updates of scams, go to:
http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/tag/content/index/phtml/itemId/698791/

Remember “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”

Toni Orchard

Adopt-a-Cop