Internet scams doubled in year
IPSWICH consumers are being warned to be aware of the dangers of putting their personal details online during National Consumer Fraud Week, with reports of scam activity doubling in the past year.
Member for Oxley Bernie Ripoll said the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Scams Activity Report 2010 showed the consumer watchdog received more than 42,000 reports of scams last year – more than double the number of reports received in 2009.
“At a time when the use of social media has exploded, more people are being targeted by scammers who are using personal information that is freely available on the Internet,” Mr Ripoll said.
For more information about scams call 1300 795 995 or visit www.scamwatch.gov.au.