“Scamwatch has received reports of alleged online shopping scam websites purporting to sell expensive medical face masks but not providing the goods,” an ACCC spokesperson told nine.com.au.
Scamwatch has received over 3,900 reports mentioning coronavirus and over $3 million in reported losses since the start of the pandemic.
These scammers have created fake online stores claiming to sell not only face masks, but also cures or vaccinations for COVID-19, which don’t exist, the ACCC said.
“Be careful of online shopping sites requesting unusual payment methods such as up-front payment via money order, wire transfer, international funds transfer, pre-loaded card or electronic currency, like Bitcoin,” the ACCC spokesperson said.
“The best way to detect a fake trader or social media online shopping scam is to search for reviews before purchasing.”
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