As more “deals” appear in the lead up to Christmas we’re being asked to stay alert and on the look out for scams.
The ACC’s Scamwatch has received more than 166,00 reports between January and September this year, totalling $424.8 million in losses.
The figure is a 90 per cent increase on the same time last year, but it’s believed the true losses are even higher with only about 13 per cent of victims reporting.
Senior Constable Brittany Duncan from Bundaberg Police is encouraging locals to take the time to check if offers are genuine.
“Scammers also love to create a sense of urgency that you don’t have the time to think things through and you’re reacting on emotions rather than logic,” she says.
“Keep a track of bank statements. If there’s random charges and transactions, even if it’s only for a small amount, inquire with your bank. So you just have to remain vigilant about everything you’re doing these days.
“When receiving emails about updating personal or bank details don’t use the link in the email itself go to the actual website and log on that way to update your details.”