Aussies urged to be wary of online scams

With so many Aussies using their debit cards to purchase goods online, the chances of people falling foul of con-artists is heightened.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission recently revealed that $4.1 million was lost to online scams in 2011 – up from $3.9 million in 2010, News Limited reports.

A separate study conducted by the World Internet Project showed that 78 per cent of Aussies bought goods via the web last year, which highlights the scale of the problem.

Some people are being conned out of their money by opportunistic thieves offering deals that are extremely attractive.

Criminals are advertising renowned products at knock-down prices and demanding payment up front. Of course, once the transaction has gone through, the seller disappears and leaves the buyer empty handed.

It is important that Aussies avoid websites that are offering deals that seem too good to be true, as in many cases, they are just that. By sticking to established retailers, Aussies should be able to steer clear of thieves.

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