Residents across the Mackay police district have been losing money this month looking to purchase a bargain in online auction scams.
As the popularity in online shopping increases, it can be very difficult for residents to determine if they are dealing with a genuine seller or a scammer.
There are warning signs which you can be on the look out for.
Do not throw your hard earned money away needlessly.
Remember to show some caution before you engage in any transaction with an unknown seller.
You may end up being very glad that you did.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.
You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.