Police and Netsafe are warning online purchasers to be wary of scams following a massive rise in internet fraud during the lockdown period.

Online safety group Netsafe has seen a 90.1 per cent increase in scam reports during lockdown compared to the same timeframe last year, Netsafe chief executive Martin Cocker said.

Cocker said 71 per cent of that increase could be attributed to online shopping specifically, including trading and marketplace scams.

Facebook has been at the centre of much of the activity, with police reporting an increase in complaints of scams on its online marketplace.

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