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Lucky readers to win $1000 to help make Christmas easier

DONE all your Christmas shopping yet?

Of course you haven't! But it's not time to panic yet.

Our Cashed up for Christmas giveaway offers readers the chance to win one of six EFTPOS cards pre-loaded with $1000 spending money, meaning you can buy gifts for the whole family without having to sweat on your next credit card bill.

But entries close this Wednesday, so you'd better be quick.

All you need to do is click here and enter. It's that easy.

Meanwhile, if you're still in the thick of the shopping rush, be aware of how easy it also is to get sucked in by Christmas con artists, especially if you're doing things in a hurry.

Follow these handy hints to avoid the scammers:

  • Beware of fake websites, even if they end with "com.au". They may look authentic (and some have stolen ABNs), but the telltale sign will be asking you to pay by money order or wire transfer. Don't do it.
     
  • Don't send your bank or credit card details via email to pay for purchases. Only pay via a secure web page that has a valid digital certificate. It should have a padlock symbol and an address starting with https://
     
  • Don't overshare on social media - check your privacy settings and be careful of what you post, lest you open yourself up to identity theft.
     
  • On the receiving side, don't reply to emails purporting to be from legitimate delivery sources saying you've missed a parcel delivery. Often they are con artists either trying to download malware on your computer or seeking money for the re-delivery of a parcel that doesn't exist.

For more tips on safe Christmas shopping, go to www.scamwatch.gov.au



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