Please see below typical scams to be aware of in particular at this time of the year.
The 12 scams to be aware of this Christmas are:
1. HOLIDAYS: Travellers should be wary of scammers who approach them on holidays
and offer expensive membership to travel clubs that do not exist and fake discount
hotel vouchers. A Jetset consultant said people should also ignore phone calls
offering “free” trips to locations such as Florida. In addition people using social
networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter while on a gateway could also
result in travel-related scams. Sometimes someone will update their status saying
they are in a particular location then hackers will somehow contact friends and family
on their friends list, pretending to be that person, saying they’ve run out of money and
provide bank details that don’t belong to the user of that account.
2. FLIGHT BOOKINGS: People have been caught out booking flights on websites that
are fake, meaning their booking does not exist and their money is gone. It has been
suggested that dealing with a travel agent face-to-face was the only way to avoid
potential scams and if using the internet, use websites of specific airlines to minimise
3. ONLINE SHOPPING: People need to ensure they are dealing with reputable retailers
and that the domain names of online store matches the company’s name. Also check
shipping time and costs to avoid disappointment.
4. ROMANCE: Online dating websites should be approached with caution. Anyone
who asks you for money is likely to be a scammer.
5. CHARITY: Charities often seek donations at this time of year, but scammers can
camouflage themselves as genuine charities to capitalise on consumers’ generosity.
If someone is asking for a donation, ask to see identification that they belong to the
charity. If you are donating online, avoid clicking on suspicious links in emails, as
they may be linked to fake websites. Never fill out forms in messages that ask for
personal or financial information or passwords. A reputable charitable organisation
is unlikely to ask for your personal details via email.
6. PHONE SCAMS: Be careful of calls from scammers offering fake government
grants or people supposedly from banks, wanting bank details to process a fee or
7. WEIGHT LOSS: Companies offering “miracle” weight-loss schemes may seem
attractive, but many do not deliver. Be wary of products that have no scientific
evidence, are sold by unqualified individuals or suggest fast weight loss, such as
being able to “lose 30kg in 30 day”.
8. DOOR-TO-DOOR: Some door-to-door salesmen sell poor quality products with no
guarantees. Check that they have ID. Signs the person might not be genuine
include if they turn up late at night or visit again after you have said no or demand
you accept an offer on the spot.
9. CREDIT CARD SCAMS: A scam doing the rounds involves someone pretending to
be a family member or friend who has decided to visit you for Christmas by saying
they need money to do so. Do not give them your card details.
10. LOTTERY SCAMS: Received an email saying you’ve won a lottery you can’t
remember entering? Scammers will ask for money to process the win, but you won’t
get the money.
11. CHRISTMAS CARDS: Several charity Christmas cards donate as little as 10
percent of the card’s wholesale price to the aligned cause. Buyers “need to be
aware they are not making a direct donation when they are buying charity Christmas
cards, but rather consider these cards as a way to spread goodwill and awareness
about a cause.
12. SPORTS INVESTMENT: These can include computer prediction software or betting
syndicates. Scammers try to convince you that their system can guarantee a profit
on sporting events. Schemes are camouflaged as legitimate investments when they
are just a form of gambling and, in many cases, scams.
If you are victim of a scam or know a person that is please report it to your local Police Station.
Crime Prevention Officer
City Central LAC