Recognising a Scam
Be wary of buyers or sellers who:
- are offering items at prices much lower than market value
- ask you to send funds or items overseas
- will not provide contact details to you after you agree to transact with them
- ask you to pay via a money transfer service (eg Western Union or MoneyGram).
- who want to enter your home – do not let them in.
Be wary of emails or phone calls:
- where you are asked you to update, validate or confirm your account details, password or personal information by replying to the email or visiting a website
- from a person or sender you do not know
- that are not specifically addressed to you
- that promise you some sort of benefit.
Be wary of deals that seem too good to be true. They often are!
If you suspect a scam:
- make no further contact with the seller
- do not respond with your personal or financial information
If you suspect a phishing email (one that claims to be from a legitimate organisation but isn’t):
- delete it without replying or clicking on any links (even the ones that say ‘unsubscribe’)
- give the organisation a call yourself to check if you’re not sure.