CHRIST­MAS CONS

The Weekend Post - - News -

Travel ad traps: On so­cial net­works and seem­ingly le­git­i­mate web­sites, these ‘hol­i­day pack­ages’ will de­part with your credit card de­tails. Par­cel alerts: Fake missed de­liv­ery emails en­tice vic­tims to down­load mal­ware. Un­known char­i­ties: You can ver­ify le­git­i­mate char­i­ties at the ACNC Char­ity Reg­is­ter (acnc.gov.au/char­ity). Dig­i­tal gift cards: Do not click on links to on­line vouch­ers from peo­ple you don’t know. Fake auc­tion list­ings: Never agree to pur­chase an item out­side the on­line auc­tion site. Fraud­u­lent Christ­mas shops: On­line shop­pers should re­search traders be­fore pay­ing. So­cial me­dia links: Short­ened web links are hard to scru­ti­nise. Check at check­short­url.com. In­se­cure web­sites: Al­ways look for the lock icon in the cor­ner of a web ad­dress bar. Fake re­views: Dodgy deal­ers pay for fake cus­tomer re­views. Check on Fakespot.com. Ro­mance scams: Scam­mers at­tempt to strike up a re­la­tion­ship with the vic­tim via email, and then ask for money. Pub­lic wi-fi: Do not con­duct trans­ac­tions over pub­lic wi-fi. Tax threats: The ATO will not threaten you with ar­rest in a recorded phone mes­sage.

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