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Queensland Police have revealed how scammers are using puppies to scam shoppers while giving shoppers a warning ahead of the Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday sales.

Detectives say criminals are ready to attack online extravagances and are urging the public to be weary.

National fraud Scamwatch has revealed that losses from online shopping scams have increased by 42 percent in 2020, with approximately $ 7 million in losses reported.
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Police have revealed how scammers use puppies to deceive the public. (iStock)
Police say scammers They use fake websites that look like genuine online stores, post fake ads on classified websites, and often claim they are traveling or will request a deposit or cryptocurrency.

“Do your research, do your due diligence, check out legitimate websites and make cost comparisons,” said Detective Inspector Vince Byrnes.

“We want you to be safe online and stop these scammers taking your hard-earned money.”

Police are urging the public to remain vigilant. (9News)
Inspector Byrnes revealed how the scammers had used puppies to trick people into giving up more than $ 2 million in cash during the coronavirus pandemic.

“This is where a person will buy a puppy online, without being seen, due to COVID restrictions they cannot visit the animal,” he said.

“We have seen puppy scams in Australia to the extent that the person has not only lost money, but then they have been asked to pay for the funeral of that nonexistent puppy and the person has paid that money.”

The public is urged to keep an eye out for popular products, such as drones, phones and shoes, which are offered at extremely low prices during sales.

“Whatever you would like to buy online, scammers have a footprint in that area,” he said.

“They are targeting those high-volume hot items to build their scams to extract your money.”

Police say that scammers are targeting popular items that are purchased online. (Future posts via Getty Imag)

Police say consumers should not click on suspicious links and instead go directly to websites with “https” in the URL.

The “s” stands for secure and represents an additional layer of security.

Buyers are also urged to avoid public Wi-Fi when making a purchase and to use only reliable online payment systems.

“When paying online, we ask that you use a credit card or a well-known payment platform, which offer digital safeguards and consumer protection,” said Inspector Byrnes.

“When sending payments with bitcoins or cryptocurrencies or direct bank transfer, you do not have the security that these well-known sites give you.”

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