Say ho, ho, no to scammers this Christmas: RACQ Bank

With almost $7 million lost to online shopping scams this year, RACQ Bank has called on Queenslanders to play it smart this Christmas.

RACQ Bank spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the Club had found three quarters of Queenslanders felt it was difficult to spot a scam.

“It’s worrying so many of us don’t know how to spot a scam, or when we’re about to be taken advantage of,” Ms Ross said.

“While scammers are certainly getting more sophisticated, there are a few simple things you can do to avoid being conned this Christmas.

“Make sure you’re wary of any deals that seem too good to be true, arrive unsolicited in your inbox or through a text or call to your phone. Be cautious when entering your card details online, make sure the URL begins with ‘https’, and includes a ‘padlock’ symbol – that’ll signal that it’s a secure site.”

Ms Ross said Queenslanders should also try to shop local where they could this Christmas, to support local retailers, and to further reduce their risk of running into scammers.

“It’s been a really tough year for business owners, so try to shop local and support companies in the community. Another benefit from buying from a local business is you can often verify their authenticity more easily and hopefully avoid a scam,” she said.

“Local businesses should be registered with an Australian Business Number (ABN), business location and contact details so you can follow up with any questions you may have before or after you place an order.

“Shop safe this Christmas and support our local business community!”