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Scamwatch

The NBN Co. never requests payment over the phone. If this happens to you, it's a scam.

With tax time approaching watch out for ATO impersonation scams. Remember, if you receive threatening calls from someone claiming to be from the tax department, hang up.
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Australians have been conned in an elaborate international DNA test scam. When buying anything online always do your research and pay with secure payment methods
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Beware of fake PayPal emails claiming your account has been suspended. The email aims to phish your personal information and credit card details. Don’t click on links or open any attachments. https://t.co/IewYDeWpEm

Here’s a snapshot of current and emerging scams targeting Australians, based on reports to Scamwatch last week

Gift cards including iTunes and Google Play cards are a common payment method for scammers. If someone demands you pay for anything using a gift card, it’s a scam https://t.co/908puaDkRz

This #PrivacyAwarenessWeek take the time to review your privacy & security settings on social media. If you use social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram, learn how to use your privacy & security settings to ensure you stay safe https://t.co/dtE72BPgxF

Beware of a remote access scam impersonating the Australian Cyber Security Centre. The scammer will coax you into giving them access to your computer under the guise that it's been infected by cyber criminals. If you receive a call like this, hang up. https://t.co/49nP8rpxX7

Here’s a snapshot of current and emerging scams targeting Australians, based on reports to Scamwatch last week

Scammers often target buyers and sellers using online classified sites like Gumtree and eBay. Avoid any arrangement with a stranger that involves payment by unusual methods such as prepaid cards, money order, wire transfer or cryptocurrency.
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Queensland Police warn that scammers are ‘spoofing’ their phone numbers as part of the ongoing tax scam. Remember, government agencies would never ask you to pay a fine using gift cards. Hang up on suspicious calls. https://t.co/Fs28L0WwgZ

Be on the lookout for fake tradies knocking at your door. They use high-pressure sales tactics and ‘too good to be true’ prices to get your money. If a deal seems too good to be true, it usually is. https://t.co/tvot2nh6dI

Australians aged 65 and older submitted over 26 400 reports to Scamwatch in 2018, with losses of over $21.4 million across the reports.
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Scamwatch received over 7800 reports in 2018 from those who identified as suffering a disability or chronic illness, with over $8.7 million in losses.

Australian businesses reported more than 5800 scams with losses exceeding $7.2 million in 2018, up 53%. https://t.co/z3MNAUu95m

The ACCC's Targeting scams report reveals investments scams costs Australians over $86 million in 2018. Read more at https://t.co/8IXvID6j44

Australians reported losses of almost half a billion dollars to scammers in 2018. Find out more in our Targeting scams report, released today. https://t.co/3Jv44VaRnj

Scammers are impersonating the NBN with automated phone calls threatening to turn your service off. If you receive this call hang up, it is fake. The NBN Co does not make unsolicited calls to request payments or bank details.
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Romance scammers use pre-written scripts to play on your emotional triggers to get you to hand over money and personal details. Scammers might approach you on social media, dating sites and even online games like Fortnite and Words with Friends https://t.co/lASaYIMreB

Here’s a snapshot of current and emerging scams targeting Australians, based on reports to Scamwatch last week

Don't get caught out by false advertising. Scammers often use fake celebrity endorsements to lure victims. Always do your research before buying online and use a secure transaction method
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If you receive a message on social media about an offer that sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Even if it comes from friends or family - always contact the person directly to ensure it’s not a scam and never make payments to claim a win.
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Beware of a new phishing scam called the ‘The Nasty List’ that is sweeping through Instagram and is targeting your login credentials. If you receive a message from your contacts claiming you’ve been spotted on a nasty list – don’t click on any links.
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Scammers often use fake celebrity endorsements to lure victims, like this fraudulent skincare scam that’s impersonating Maggie Beer. Don't get caught out by false online advertising, be vigilant and do your research on the seller before buying online.
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Beware of the ‘Loom’ scam circulating on social media. It gets you to recruit others and invest money like a pyramid scheme. It promises high returns, but leaves you empty handed. Don’t accept an invite to join the scheme – it’s a scam and it’s illegal.
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