Watch out for fake PayPal emails trying to phish your personal info and credit card details. Don’t click on links or open any attachments. If unsure about the status of your PayPal account, use your normal login process to change your password or update your account
Watch out for these spam texts announcing you’ve won a prize.
If you haven’t entered a lotto or competition, you can’t win it.
Scammers know it’s tax time too. Discover how to protect yourself in the latest episode of the ATO’s Tax inVoice podcast on “Scams and identity protection” with the @acccgovau, @CyberGovAU, and @ato_gov_au.
Bitcoin scams are becoming more sophisticated and scammers are now impersonating Israel Folau in a fake celebrity endorsement ad on social media. Be vigilant when buying cryptocurrency and do your research on the seller before buying anything online.
Beware of a fraudulent website purporting to be a law firm and targeting the public with fake inheritance scams. The fake firm is sending emails with instructions to access unclaimed inheritance. It’s a scam - if you get the email delete it immediately.
Businesses, be aware - business email compromise scams can be highly sophisticated and can impact your business and customers. Always double check changes in payment details and make sure your virus protection is up to date. https://t.co/Y3gEqK5TLZ
If you see an amazing deal online or someone contacts you and says you’ve won a prize, be wary. It might be a scam. If it’s too good to be true, always think twice. https://t.co/bmhrvUPkek
Scammers often impersonate Australian government officials to make their scam appear more convincing. If in doubt - verify its authenticity by contacting the person’s organisation using contact details you’ve found independently.
Be wary of get rich quick schemes. Do your research and seek expert advice before investing.
Cryptocurrency investment scams can be very sophisticated. A Canberra couple who lost $60,000 describe these scams as ‘unbelievably intricate’. Be cautious when investing online - do extensive research on the seller/website and read reviews before buying. https://t.co/qrzTd5csil
Be on the lookout for fake tradies knocking at your door. They often use high-pressure sales tactics to get your money including 'today only' deals. Remember, if a deal seems too good to be true, it usually is. https://t.co/H6D3AbqkY5
When selling goods through online classifieds beware of scammers posing as genuine buyers. This scammer forged a PayPal confirmation and tried to trick the seller into paying upfront ‘transportation’ costs. https://t.co/XRe5Nxlqev
Woolworths is warning shoppers about a phishing scam on Facebook. The imposter Woolworths Facebook page is promoting fake giveaways for liking or sharing posts. https://t.co/69eEUFKmmz
Here’s a snapshot of current and emerging scams targeting Australians, based on reports to Scamwatch last week
Scammers impersonating NBN Co are conning victims over the phone. Remember - the NBN Co never makes unsolicited calls to request remote access to your computer.
Scammers pretend to be from well-known companies like Telstra. They email you fake bills or phone asking for remote access to your computer to 'fix’ a problem.
Do you really know who you're speaking to on the phone? Telephone remains the most common contact method for scammers in 2019. Never give personal or bank details to unexpected callers, and if they ask for unusual payment methods it’s likely a scam–hang up https://t.co/vfRkn5Gq6N
Users of Google Calendar are being warned about phishing scams targeting you through calendar invites. Read this for information on how to change your settings to protect yourself from fraudulent calendar invites: https://t.co/38btWefWxi
Business email compromise scams are becoming increasingly more common, with Australian businesses losing over $60 million in 2018. Luckily this business managed to intercept an $18,000 scam. Remember, always double check changes in payment details. https://t.co/gY0EZTflq6
Beware of a scam email impersonating NAB claiming your last BPAY payment was placed on hold. The email lures you to a phishing page that tries to steal your personal and banking details. If you receive this email – delete it. https://t.co/oYmNKmG1l0
Losses to NBN Co impersonation scams are on the rise, with the monthly average loss almost triple in 2019. Remember, the NBN Co never makes unsolicited calls to request payment, bank details or remote access to your computer https://t.co/urxxW3BrUM
Behind the scenes with the Scamwatch crew
Scamwatch team out on the streets getting ready to ask you to share your scam stories
Would you know how to protect your personal information from getting into the wrong hands? Take the OAIC’s Privacy Challenge and find out. This game will put your data protection skills to the test!
Beware of ads on social media offering fake investments. So far this year Australians have reported losses of over $14 million to investments scams, more than any other scam category. Beware of the warning signs and do your research before investing.