Spot social media scam
Consumer Protection WA is a proud supporter of Fraud Week, which is running this week and aims to help social media users learn how to spot a scam.
Social media profiles often display a lot of personal information which scammers can use to shape their methods and communications to match your interests and use of social media.
Here are some tips to help tell the difference between genuine profiles or ads on social media and fake ones or bogus traders:
Check the profile of new
friend requests. Look out for: Newly created profiles with limited content.
Hidden friends lists or lists full of people of a different gender than their own.
Profiles that read like a description from a dating website. Grammar and spelling errors. A profile you thought you were already friends with — is it a cloned account?
A profile of someone you have never met and do not know.
Be cautious when sharing personal pictures or videos
with someone. Scammers are known to blackmail their targets using compromising material.
Be careful who you connect with and learn how to use privacy and security settings.
If you have been scammed online, take steps to secure your account and be sure to report the conduct to the platform.
Be sceptical if you’re asked
to send money. Transferring funds to someone you only know online could mean the money’s going towards criminal activity.
Check reviews before buying
online. Try to find out how reputable a seller is by searching for reviews.
Check the website URL (for example, www.example.com.au) you are redirected to is the genuine website of the trader.
If the product doesn’t arrive, contact your bank or financial institution as soon as possible.
Visit scamwatch.gov.au/ fraudweek2017 or scamnet.wa. gov.au for more information.