KYABRAM residents are being urged to be cautious when forming relationships on social media.
Consumer Affairs Minister Marlene Kairouz is also urging Victorians, who lost $1.8 million last year to online scams, to accept Facebook friend requests wisely and be alert to dating and romance scammers.
To help avoid a romance scam:
?don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know, especially if they have limited profile content, bios that read like a dating profile, and have spelling and grammar errors;
?never send money to someone you haven’t met in person; and
?be cautious when sharing personal information such as photos and videos, as scammers are known to blackmail their targets using compromising material.
Fake trader scams have also become increasingly common through social media, luring shoppers by offering high-end goods from well-known brands at greatly discounted prices.
Victims are directed to fake shopping websites where they pay for goods that either don’t arrive, are fake, or of poor quality.