Just before Christmas, two Sunshine Coast residents fell victim to online scams.

On December 22, a coastal resident tried to create his Amazon account on a new Smart TV. However, he believes he may have clicked on a link or ad that was on the side of the intended website and ended up on a scam website instead.

He filled in his personal information on the scammer’s website and in doing so received a call from a scam call that someone from the United States was trying to access his account. In order to avoid losses, he was ordered to give out his banking information. The fraudster transferred a large amount of money from his bank account before realizing he had been scammed.

Another coastal resident was trying to get a loan from an internet-based loan company the same day. He spoke to a representative of the company who said there were two options for fee-based loans, and the resident applied for and paid for the loan at lower fees.

The resident received an email from the business the next day advising them that the only loan option available was the higher fee loan. When he requested a repayment for his previous loan, he was told it would take a week before a repayment could be issued. To date, he has not received a refund.

To learn more about scams and how to protect yourself, the RCMP recommends that residents visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center at www.antifraudecentre-centreantifraude.ca, the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org, or the Competition Bureau at www.bureaudelaconcurrence.gc.ca.