Simon Corbell is worried about you Rioters, he wan’t you not to be scammed.
He offers some advice to avoid online scams.
The theme of this year’s awareness week is Outsmart the Scammers, which is aimed at people who buy or sell goods online.
“If consumers arm themselves with the right knowledge, they can identify scams before they are ripped off,” Mr Corbell said.
“The single most important rule to keep in mind when dealing with any suspected scam is if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
Common traits associated with many online shopping scams are:
— the product may be advertised at an unusually low price compared to other advertised prices
— sellers or buyers may have a very poor rating on an auction site
— the other party wants to complete the sale outside of the official website to void any protection offered by the site
— the other party insists on immediate payment or payment via an electronic funds transfer or wire service rather than credit card or PayPal
— the online shopping site does not provide adequate information about privacy, terms and conditions, refund policies, and conditions of use.
I bet none of you could have worked those out for yourselves.
Here’s another pro-tip, that guy emailing you is probably not a Nigerian Prince.