Take care on so­cial me­dia

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

with Act­ing Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Com­mis­sioner David Hill­yard CON­SUMER Pro­tec­tion WA is a proud sup­porter of Fraud Week, which this year starts on May 15 and aims to help so­cial me­dia users learn how to spot a scam.

So­cial me­dia pro­files of­ten dis­play a lot of per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, such as your photos, where you have been lately, a record of life events, who you’re con­nected to and more. All of these de­tails give scam­mers the flex­i­bil­ity to shape their meth­ods and com­mu­ni­ca­tions to match your in­ter­ests and use of so­cial me­dia.

It can be hard to tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween gen­uine pro­files or ads on so­cial me­dia and the fake pro­files or bo­gus traders you may en­counter. So, here are some tips:

Check the pro­file of new friend re­quests. Look out for: newly-cre­ated pro­files with limited con­tent; hid­den friend lists or friend lists full of peo­ple of the op­po­site gen­der; pro­files that read like a de­scrip­tion you would find on a dat­ing web­site; gram­mar and spell­ing er­rors; a pro­file you thought you were al­ready friends with (is it a cloned ac­count?) and a pro­file of some­one you have never met and do not know.

Be cau­tious when shar­ing per­sonal pic­tures or videos with some­one, es­pe­cially if you’ve never met them be­fore in per­son.

Peo­ple may be able to see more about you than you re­alise on so­cial me­dia. 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.

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 ASAP.

Visit the na­tion­ally-run (ACCC) Scamwatch web­site www.scamwatch.gov.au/fraud­week2017 or Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion's WA ScamNet www.scamnet.wa.gov.au.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.