Experts share their top tips on how to protect yourself against scams

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Ever seen an ad on Instagram, Facebook — anywhere on your phone really — and thought, “Wow, this deal is too good to be true”?

Well, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) deputy chair Catriona Lowe says you could be right.

The offer for that jacket, those amazing shoes or tickets to a Taylor Swift concert could very well be a scam.

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One of the main pieces of advice from most experts is to not give your personal details out on social media.(ABC News)

Scams are everywhere. And in this digital age, it is hard to avoid them. So how do you protect yourselves?

We spoke to experts from banks, police, telcos and fraud agencies. Here are the five tips they recommend to help avoid getting scammed.

Stop

Remember the Bruno Mars song from 2015, that gets everyone nodding their head to the beat, even now.

Uptown Funk’s lyric — “Don’t believe me, just watch” — is essentially the mantra to avoid scams.

“Take a step back,” is the advice of Detective Sergeant John Cheyne of Victoria Police’s cybercrime squad.

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