Don't get ripped off by a scam
SCAMS may be on the rise, but there is no reason to be a victim.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's website www.scamwatch.gov.au offers tips on how to stay safe from con artists:
Do not agree to offers or deals straight away: always get independent advice if an offer involves significant money, time or commitment.
Destroy personal information, don't just throw it out. Cut up, burn or shred old bills, statements or cards so scammers cannot get your personal details.
Read all the terms and conditions of any offer very carefully: claims of free or very cheap offers often have hidden costs.
Make sure you know how to stop any subscription service you want to sign up to.
Beware of products or schemes that claim to guarantee income or winnings.