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Scammers are increasingly using fake charities or impersonating real charities to take advantage of people’s generosity and compassion, with losses reported to the ACCC’s Scamwatch increasing steadily over the past four years.

Scammers swindled nearly $4.7 million from Australian businesses in 2017 according to the ACCC’s latest Targeting scams report – a 23 per cent increase compared to 2016.

Scamwatch is warning people to watch out for scammers setting up fake ads pretending to sell adorable puppies, with more than $310,000 lost and 584 reports about this scam in the past 12 months.

… 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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