Last updated: 21 February 2023
Fraud types and advice: Individuals
Online Shopping and Auction Fraud
- If you’re purchasing goods and services from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first. Ask friends or family for advice before completing a purchase.
- Be wary of unsolicited emails and texts offering questionably good deals. Never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.
Avoid paying for goods and services by bank transfer. It offers you little protection if you become a victim of fraud. Use a credit card or a payment service such as PayPal.
If you have made a payment:
Inform your bank as soon as possible, they can help you prevent any further losses. Monitor your bank statements regularly for any unusual activity.