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Christmas bargain hunters warned of online scams this festive season

Shoppers are being warned to watch out for scams as they scour the internet for Christmas deals this festive season.

The ACCC says there has been a staggering 42 per cent increase in online scams this year, with that number expected to rise as shoppers browse the internet for gifts.

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“More people have been shopping online this year due to COVID-19 restrictions and scammers are now targeting people doing their Christmas shopping, including in the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

“Scammers create fake websites that look like genuine online stores, offering products at very low prices and victims will either receive a fake item or nothing at all.”

Aussies are warned to be on high alert for scams this Christmas. Credit: AntonioGuillem/Getty Images

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