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Scammers are targeting online shoppers. Here’s how to avoid getting caught out

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When Alison Barnes opened an email this week claiming to be from Australia Post, she realised it was “all a bit dodgy”.

The email said a package for her was waiting at a local distribution centre, and prompted her to click on a link to “start chat” about delivery arrangements.

But when Alison, 51, from the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, noticed the sender was ‘Australian Post’ rather than ‘Australia Post’, alarm bells began to ring.

She deleted the email — narrowly avoiding a popular scam that’s been doing the rounds.

Shopping and delivery scams on the rise during COVID

Sound familiar?

“We’ve certainly seen a rise in online shopping scams” since COVID and lockdowns began, says deputy chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Delia Rickard.

Australians lost a record amount to scams — more than $851 million — in 2020, as scammers took advantage of the pandemic and its associate increase in online…

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