Christmas may be a time for giving, but there’s one type of person you wouldn’t want to reward with a free gift this festive season — a scammer.
Unfortunately that has been the outcome for about 200 Western Australians so far in 2021, who reported to WA ScamNet that they had been tricked out of almost $700,000 while shopping online.
The fake websites and social media pages have pretended to sell everything from barbecues to motorhomes, but consumers never received the items, nor saw their money again.
It is very easy to be fooled, with fake websites often looking very professional and sometimes stealing the identity of a well-known retailer or brand.
Furthermore, the items for sale may be offered at very low prices in a bid to trigger a shopper’s excitement to bag a bargain.
While the WA ScamNet team has managed to shut down about 200 fake websites and almost 100 social media pages this year, the scam sites often quickly…