AVOCA man Bruce Hustwick says a professional-looking internet scam almost caught him this week.
"It's a very, very tidy scheme," he said.
Mr Hustwick said he was a subscriber to the Reader's Digest, which offered a $5000 prize every month.
"On Wednesday I logged on, and a little window came up saying I had won a $3000 cruise."
Mr Hustwick said normally he would have ignored something like this, but the prize announcement gave him a Sydney number to phone to collect his win.
When he phoned the number, his call was diverted to a number in Orlando, Florida.
The man who answered the phone talked Mr Hustwick through taking a look at the places he could visit during the cruise.
The prize included a stay of 10-15 days in Orlando.
"The website showed photos of hotels and pools in Orlando," he said.
"It was so professional; this guy was really smooth."
Mr Hustwick said his suspicions were alerted when he was told he would have to pay $898 to claim his prize, and provide an airfare.
"The only time he got agitated was when I said I wouldn't provide credit card details," he said.
Mr Hustwick said he eventually hung up but wanted to warn people about the scam.
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