Both companies say the partnership 'will see a series of initiatives rolled out over the coming year aiming to raise consumer awareness about the serious reality of online crime', hoping to ensure that 'greater awareness and understanding about online security and what to watch out for is vital to ensure Australians enjoy safe online transactions and avoid falling victim to cyber criminals.'
Frerk-Malte Feller, PayPal Australia's MD said: 'It is an exciting time in online retail, with Australian consumers expected to spend $36.8 billion online in 2013. It is the responsibility of business, government and industry leaders to educate Australian consumers about how to stay safe online, and as a trusted online payments provider, we take this responsibility very seriously.
'We look forward to working closely with Crime Stoppers to engage Australians in the conversation about online safety and security', concluded the fine fellow that is Mr Feller.
Peter Price OAM, the spokesperson for Crime Stoppers added that: 'Cyber crime is a significant issue in Australia and around the world. As more Australians are taking advantage of online shopping, scammers are using increasingly sophisticated methods to steal consumer identities and con Australian consumers through slick misleading incentives.
'Australian consumers need to start applying the same rigor to their online security checks, as they would their offline security. Very few people would leave their front door unlocked when they leave their home, so it's important that Australians behave the same way online. Don't be too trusting! Wherever possible, online shoppers should use free services like PayPal to protect themselves and avoid falling prey to scammers', concluded Mr Price, for whom the price is probably right when its presumably paid with PayPal.
PayPal naturally notes that it also additionally has its now long standing 'Buyer Protection' scheme is there to help 'protect eligible shoppers on merchant websites if they don't receive an item they have purchased online, or if they receive an item which is significantly different than described by the merchant', while PayPal itself lets users pay 'using their bank account, debit or credit card.'
PayPal's fine Mr Feller added that: 'We are committed to improving customer experience when shopping online. PayPal's Buyer Protection policy provides an added layer of security, ensuring that our 3.6 million active accounts have the confidence to make purchases online.'
Tips for staying safe when transacting online continue from PayPal and Crime Stoppers on page two.