Added: December 2006
iPods, Playstations, XBoxes, plasma screens and mobile phones going cheap for 'too good to be true prices' are being advertised in local newspapers.
The ads refer to Internet Only Specials and include the web address.
These websites specify that payment can only be made via direct deposit, wire transfer, money order and all cheques.
Contact and trader details are provided, as well as a 30 day money back guarantee stamp, to persuade the consumer that the websites can be trusted.
However, the details do not appear to be genuine and many consumers have been caught out – once they have sent their money they soon realise that there is no bargain iPod on its way.
Protect yourself from these scams
Find out more about online auction & shopping scams.
Also, check out the ACCC’s online shopping checklist on the ACCC web site for further tips and advice.
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