ACCC issues scam warning to online shoppers

Online shopping

Online shoppers on the Far South Coast are being warned to be wary of scammers posing as online retailers.

The warning comes as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Scamwatch service has received more than 1,000 reports of online shopping scams worth more than $150,000 so far this year.

Australians in the 18 to 24 age bracket make up the biggest group of people who reported losing money to online shopping scammers, with nearly one in two people who report the scam say they have lost money.

A tell-tale scam sign consumers should look for is the method of payment with many scammers often asking for payment using a money order, pre-loaded money card or wire transfer.

The ACCC warn that the only thing the fake websites sell is false hope and if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.