Heritage Bank is urging shoppers to avoid being the victim of online scams this Christmas.
Heritage Bank CEO Peter Lock said it was important for consumers to take some simple security measures to enjoy the convenience and choice offered online while better understanding the risks.
“Online shopping can be a lot of fun and can help you easily compare and purchase products from the comfort of your own home. However, there is a risk of online fraud and scams particularly during heavy shopping periods like Christmas,” Mr Lock said.
“To avoid this risk, it’s important for consumers to be aware and have confidence in what they are actually buying, who they’re buying it from and that their account details are being dealt with safely and securely.”
Here are some handy tips from Heritage Bank to stay safe while shopping online this Christmas:
“If you notice any suspicious activity on your bank account, it’s important to notify your financial institution,” Mr Lock said.
“By taking precautions when shopping online and avoiding ‘too good to be true’ offers and schemes, consumers can avoid being the victims of scams over the festive season and beyond.”
For more details about reporting and identifying scams and fraud, visit the SCAMWATCH and Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network websites.