The website www.maffralodge.com.au advertised branded sport shoes and sandals at over 50% off and took credit card payment. Rather than list contact details for the business, the website provided an online contact request form. One consumer reported losing $116, so our officers stepped into action and shut down the website. It turms out the website was set up using information stolen from a legitimate business.
Always be wary about:
- Great ‘deals’ originating from an internet search or pop-ups – scammers want to catch bargain hunters!
- Unfamiliar or new websites – look for a copyright year on the homepage, although this date can also be faked. Most fake websites are less than six months old.
- Websites that do not list a physical address, telephone number or ABN, or if these details cannot be verified.
- Payment methods such as direct bank transfer or wire transfer only.
- Pixelated photos, spelling errors and other clues that you may be looking at a copycat site of a real online business.
Be safe and do the following:
- Use reputable sites and pay securely (look for the padlock symbol) with credit card or Paypal, where you may seek a chargeback if goods are not delivered.
- Search for reviews or warnings about the website from other shoppers or agencies such as Consumer Protection WA.
- Use Australian-based websites where possible, as it is hard to enforce Australian Consumer Law if an online business is based overseas.
If you suspect you have been the victim of a scam, call WA ScamNet on 1300 30 40 54.
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