While many online sellers are legitimate, unfortunately scammers can use the anonymous nature of the internet to rip off unsuspecting shoppers.
Scammers use the latest technology to set up fake retailer websites that look like genuine online retail stores.
They may use sophisticated designs and layouts, possibly stolen logos, and even a ‘au’ domain name and stolen Australian Business Number (ABN).
The biggest tip-off that a retail website is a scam is the method of payment.
Scammers will often ask you to pay using a money order, pre-loaded money card, or wire transfer, but if you send your money this way, it’s unlikely you will see it again or receive your purchased item. Ebay) have strict policies to ensure their customers are not scammed.
Scammers know this, so they will often try to get people to make a deal outside the auction site.
This helps us to warn people about current scams, monitor trends and disrupt scams where possible.The CHAT technician gave advise to correct the problem but it did not fix the connectivity problem and when I told him that I followed his instructions but still could not connect he put me on hold and SIGNED OFF and disconnected. However, there are connectivity issues almost constantly.