Pause to avoid a puppy scam

The ACCC is warning consumers to watch out for puppy scams after $35,000 was reported lost by victims so far this year.

“If you are looking for a new puppy be careful of classified ads for pedigree pups at prices that are too good to be true,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

In 2012, the ACCC received over 700 complaints about fraudulent ads in newspapers and classifieds websites selling puppies that may not even exist.

Social media

Social media gives large and small businesses a direct way to interact with existing and potential customers, and promote their products and services. Businesses using social media channels like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have a responsibility to ensure content on their pages is accurate, irrespective of who put it there.

Real estate

Whether you are renting, buying or selling a home, real estate agents must not mislead you and must use fair contract terms in line with federal, state and territory laws.

Shopping online

All your usual rights apply when you shop with Australian online businesses. But if you have a problem with something you’ve bought from an overseas online business you might find it difficult to get a repair, replacement or refund.

Internet banking

Online banking can be a fast and convenient way to carry out financial transactions. It is important to protect yourself online, including your personal and financial details, against scammers.