Stay Smart on the net

South Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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