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Nearly 6000 businesses reported being targeted by scams in 2016 according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Targeting Scams report, with losses totalling around $3.8 million, an increase of almost 31 per cent.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning people to watch out for dodgy internet pop-up windows claiming there are viruses or other seemingly nasty tech problems affecting their computer.

… masquerading as legitimate online retailers, often selling well-known brands at too-good-to-be-true prices. … Delia Rickard said. “The only thing these websites are selling is false hope. The scammers running these sites will … exactly who you are dealing with. If it is an Australian company, you are in a much better position to sort out the …

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