It’s not all Pink and rosy—celebrity scams on the rise!
SCAMwatch has received reports of scammers using celebrities like Pink and Jennifer Hawkins to camouflage their attempts to steal your money, your personal details and, in some cases, your identity. They may even fool you into subscribing to a mobile premium service you don’t want or can’t afford.
Many sites on the internet legitimately offer free products or services but scammers can easily set up fake fan club websites offering concert tickets for sale or promoting competitions to win tickets and other prizes.
SCAMwatch understands that some competition ‘winners’ have been asked to provide photo identification or passport details to claim their prize. Consumers should be extremely wary about such requests—more than likely, scammers are trying to steal your identity.
In other cases, consumers report never receiving tickets they purchased from fake fan club websites. These fans lose their money and miss out on seeing their favourite artists!
SCAMwatch also warns that ‘free’ offers on the internet often turn out to be scams. They might offer you free access to otherwise restricted sites; free shares, downloads or trials of certain products; or even a free holiday. They can appear as annoying pop-ups while you are on the net or display as ads at the top or margins of websites, or they can be entire websites devoted exclusively to promoting a ‘free’ offer.
Usually, the offers require you to provide either credit card, bank account or other personal details, or they require you to pay an up-front fee to claim your ‘free’ prize or product.
If you think you have been targeted by a scammer, visit the report a scam page on SCAMwatch or report the matter to the ACCC's Infocentre on 1300 302 502.
Visit SCAMwatch for more tips on how to protect yourself and information about other internet scams, requests for your account information ('phishing' scams) and mobile phone scams.
You should also check out ‘Phishing scams on social networking sites—don’t be tricked into giving your information away!’ for the warning signs of hacked email and social networking accounts.
The UK Office of Fair Trading launched its ‘Just Tick It’ campaign last week. The campaign provides information on ticket scams, and hints to help you protect yourself when buying tickets online. Note that some information provided relates to laws in the United Kingdom.