HomeView 2015 Media ReleasesFighting scams doesn’t take a holiday for Christmas

Shopping safely online and avoiding “too good to be true” offers and schemes will ensure consumers avoid being the victim of scams this Christmas.

Shopping safely online and avoiding “too good to be true” offers and schemes will ensure consumers avoid being the victim of scams this Christmas.

COBA today outlined some simple measures people can take to enjoy the convenience and choice offered online while better understanding the risks.

“There’s no doubting the convenience, connectivity and immediacy of the digital world,” COBA CEO Mark Degotardi said.

“But being aware of the traps and pitfalls is vital to ensure an enjoyable but safe online experience this Christmas.”

Here are some simple tips to use:

  • Protect your privacy – When you shop online, only include relevant information and check privacy policy and security of sites you visit.
  • Don’t overshare on social media – Do not post personal information that will put you at risk. Check your social media privacy settings.
  • Reject Scam callers – Financial institutions will never make unsolicited calls or emails asking for your personal banking details, so always check with your provider.
  • Be alert to ‘romance scams’ - Over the Christmas and New Year period in particular romance scams cause millions of dollars of loss to Australians.
  • Don’t be duped by promises from job scammers – Beware of offers of jobs working from home or online where fraudsters ask you to use your bank account to send or receive funds.
  • Be suspicious of get rich schemes - All they want from you is your money. If it sounds too good to be true, it is, so don’t send any money.

SCAMWATCH and Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network have further details about identifying scams and fraud and reporting them for investigation.  

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Daniel McDougall, Senior Manager – Media and Communication

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Customer Owned Banking Association is the industry body for credit unions, building societies, mutual banks and friendly societies.  See coba3.nexusone.com.au

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