A major Australian fashion brand has issued a dire warning after fraudsters set up fake websites and tried to trick online shoppers
- Australian fashion chain Dotti has issued a warning over a replica scam website
- They urged customers not to buy their products from websites that are not theirs
- Dotti also warned against social media accounts imitating their messaging to users
A major Australian fashion brand has issued a warning to its online customers after fraudsters impersonated its website.
Fashion chain Dotti urged its customers not to buy products from a fake website in a dire warning posted on Instagram on Friday night.
“We are aware that there are websites that illegally use the Dotti name and logo in an attempt to defraud customers and obtain personal information,” the text reads.
Dotti (pictured) also warns her customers not to respond to social media counts imitating them without a verified blue check
Australian fashion chain Dotti has issued a statement (pictured) warning its online customers that fake Dotti-impersonating websites are being used to steal customer data
Dotti urged customers to only shop at their online stores in Australia or New Zealand and to beware of websites posing as fashion brands.
‘These websites are not affiliated with Dotti,’ the post said.
They also warned of scammers who send messages to potential customers through Instagram accounts that look similar to their own.
‘That any communication from Dotti’s social media accounts will have a blue verified checkmark next to their name,’ the post reads.
‘If you receive messages on social networks from accounts that look like Dotti but don’t have a blue verified tick, they are not from our brand and we advise you not to reply.
‘We hope you continue to enjoy shopping with us and stay safe online.’
Dotti urged customers to only shop at their online stores in Australia or New Zealand and to beware of websites posing as fashion brands
It comes after a year in which Australians lost billions of dollars to fraudsters.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Scamwatch received 166,000 reports between January and September 2022.
The figure is an increase of 90 percent compared to the previous year.
‘We know that scammers target Australians relentlessly. Research commissioned by the ACCC shows that 96 per cent of the population has been exposed to fraud in the five years to 2021,’ said ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard.
‘As well as costing consumers, businesses and the economy billions a year, fraud is emotionally devastating for victims and their families.’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Dotti for comment.