Exclusive Fed-up online shoppers are sharing their stories of being ripped off by sellers on sites such as Facebook and Instagram amid a rise in so-called “bait and switch” scams on social media.

Since the article was published, 9news.com.au has received a flood of emails from readers who have also fallen victim to similar scams – receiving often strange, unrelated items instead of what they actually purchased.

Sydney mum Daniela Coulstock bought a $150 quad bike off a seller on Instagram. To her surprise she was sent a necklace instead.
Sydney mum Daniela Coulstock bought a $150 quad bike off a seller on Instagram. To her surprise she was sent a necklace instead. (Supplied)

Sydney mum Daniela Coulstock couldn’t resist snapping up a bargain when she saw an ad pop up on her Instagram feed for a quad bike.

The 4WD quad bike touted in the ad featured a 449cc fuel-injected engine and a lightweight aluminium chassis.

The high-tech bamboo chopping board bought by Gill Cornforth.

Aussies share the strange items they have been sent by scammers

Keen to get a start on her Christmas shopping, Ms Coulstock bought the $150 bike for her kids.

“Everything was so cheap on that shop, so I also ended up buying a hanging outdoor chair for US$59 and a tool chest with tools for US$39,” she said.

A month later, Ms Coulstock was puzzled to receive a small package in the mail from China.

“I opened it and inside was a cheap gold necklace with a gold leaf … I thought that’s not what I ordered,” she said.

A photo of the tree Marie Armitage bought (left) and what arrived in the mail (right). (Marie Armitage)

A few days later, another tiny parcel arrived, this time it contain a necklace with a…

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