01.Silly season scams
Christmas is a once-a-year opportunity for the unscrupulous to scam consumers caught up in the festive spending spree. Last year, scams cost Australians $93m, plenty of which targeted holiday shoppers. We take a look at some of the worst offenders.
Two common scams involve e-greeting cards and parcels – things that may not seem suspicious when you’re in a festive mood.
e-greeting cards scam
- You receive an email that claims a family member or friend sent you a card. However, if you follow the link, malicious software is downloaded and installed on your computer.
- Tip If you’re not sure about an e-greeting supposedly from someone you know, ask them if they sent it before opening it.
- You receive a call or a notice is left at your door about an unsuccessful delivery. The caller may claim to be from Australia Post, even though Australia Post never makes such calls. Then you’re asked for a payment or for personal details, such as your bank account or credit card.
- Tip: Call the delivery company directly using their official number to check if the situation is legit.
(**Reported to WA Scamnet Christmas 2012)