Celebrity endorsement scams are getting big in 2018, according to the ACCC. Reports of these types of scams have increased 400 per cent this year, and the amount of losses reported have gone up a huge 3800 per cent. As for why - the ACCC has called internet giants Facebook and Google to task for their role in displaying ads that link back to these scams.
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If you have a domain name registered in Australia you've probably received what looks like a renewal notice telling you you need pay a few hundred bucks for that domain you registered for $20 a year or two ago. The ACCC is taking action against Domain Name Corp Pty Ltd and Domain Name Agency Pty Ltd over this scam.
Dear Lovehacker, my wife of 17 years has been Snapchatting a singer from a well-known Texan A Cappella group. He has said he will fly her to LA to marry him and take our four kids in. This guy is 25 and my wife is 42 -- it's not about the age, it's just hard to believe this from a guy who will not video chat or send live videos. And he can't call because he's afraid to talk. This guy is in a band that travels the world, and I can't convince her it might be false. She is wanting to divorce me. I just don't know what to do. Should I let it play out or what?
Tech support scams often come in the form of annoying pop-up adds that claims your computer is busted or infected by some awful virus that you can fix by calling a dodgy phone number. These kinds of scams aren't new but now scammers can make it look like there's really something wrong with your computer, making them much more convincing. Here's what you need to know.
In 2015, a whopping $229 million was reported stolen through online scams in Australia. Over 130,800 scam complaints were made to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) and ACCC -- a sharp increase from the previous year. In short, Aussies are losing more money and getting scammed more often, with the main culprits being investment and online dating scams. Here are some tips from the ACCC to help you protect yourself.