Stay Smart on the net
THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has warned the community to watch out for online scams during Stay Smart Online Week.
ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard said it was difficult to spot a scammer online these days as they went to great lengths to trick the public.
“While scammers are often after your money, they’re also trying to steal your personal information, which is just as valuable,” Ms Rickard said.
“It’s important to safeguard your personal details online the same way you would your wallet.
“If you’re ever contacted out of the blue, particularly via email, by someone asking you to pay a bill, complete a survey or update your passwords, it pays to be sceptical. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”
For more on what to do if you suspect a scam, visit www.scamwatch.gov.au.