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Scam calls claiming your Amazon Prime account has been hacked or that your account needs to be updated are doing the rounds. If you receive these calls hang up immediately and never share personal or financial information over the phone. https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/urgent-warning-over-new-amazon-21320885

Scamwatch received over 1700 reports of phishing scams in December alone. If you think you have provided your account details to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately. More info: https://exchange.telstra.com.au/how-to-identify-avoid-and-recover-from-a-phishing-attack/

Australians reported losses of $54 645 to fake charity scams in December. That amount is expected to increase significantly over January. Look out for fake charities impersonating #bushfire fundraisers. Find out more: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/news/bushfires-and-scams #scam #australia

It’s a new year, are you looking for a new job? Remember scammers target people who are looking for work. Scamwatch received 2500 reports of these scams in 2019 – check out http://www.scamwatch.gov.au to avoid the traps.

Some handy tips on what to look out for as Bushfire related scams continue. If in doubt, make sure only to donate directly to reputable charities
https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2020/01/bushfire-charity-scams-what-to-look-out-for/

Kmart Australia are not giving out 6 month’s worth of baby supplies! Fake prize scams are often after your personal and banking information, don’t let them have it.
https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/urgent-warning-kmart-australia-facebook-scam-hundreds-are-falling-for-it-c-648049

Think twice before donating to a charity that asks for donations through unusual payment methods, such as gift cards, cryptocurrencies, cardless cash or e-vouchers. #scam #australia

Want to donate to a #bushfire charity? @PMC_gov_au has finalised a list of registered bushfire charities with tax deductible gift recipient status: https://www.pmc.gov.au/registered-bushfire-charities

Avoid losing money to a charity scam – do not donate via fundraising pages that don’t verify their legitimacy. More info: https://www.smartcompany.com.au/business-advice/legal/accc-bushfire-charity-scam/

Scamwatch has received 31 reports of a new sextortion scam. Scammers claim to have video of you in a hotel room and will publish it on the internet if you don’t pay them.

Netflix phising scams are still after your account details and personal information. Do not follow any links sent to you asking to update your account details. If you are concerned with your security change your account details via http://www.netflix.com
https://www.mailguard.com.au/blog/new-year-not-so-new-scam-netflix-email-scam-refreshed

With every new year there are new scams to look out for. Sign up to Scamwatch’s email alert service to stay up to date
https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/news/subscribe-to-scam-alert-emails

Always make sure you are donating to the organisation you intend by looking them up yourself.

You can report suspicious donation appeals related to the bushfires at https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/report-a-scam. From Tuesday 7 January the ACCC will have a dedicated reporting line for bushfire related scams on 1300 795 995. For more information see https://www.accc.gov.au/update/bushfires-and-scams

Watch out for the latest myGov impersonation scam. Scammers are using the new year to claim you’ve been found eligible for a tax refund… if you provide your myGov login and credit card details. Don’t do it!

Scamwatch has received reports of texts offering emergency assistance to people impacted by bushfires. Make sure a message is genuine before calling anyone. Find the phone number of the organisation on its official website and call in relation to assistance or relief packages.

Scamwatch has received 44 reports of phishing emails from ‘_DigitsPro_’ . Watch out for emails asking you to pay a $5 fee to receive a package. The scammers are targeting Australia and France in an attempt to steal your credit card details.

Season's greetings from everyone at the ACCC! We'll be back on 2 January 2020. See you in the new year!
Our Christmas and New Year arrangements: https://accc.gov.au/media-release/accc-holiday-operations-0

Beware of fake websites and social media profiles claiming to offer free and official copies of the new Star Wars movie. They’re really after your personal and banking details, and they may infect your computer. https://www.pickr.com.au/news/2019/its-a-trap-fake-film-scam-sites-arrive-for-star-wars/

Puppy scams are common, if you’re looking to buy or adopt a pet online always meet the animal and research the seller. Be wary of unusual requests for additional ‘fees’ and never give out your personal information to someone you don’t know and trust. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-11/online-puppy-scam-victim-sounds-warning-over-identity-theft/11733266

Next time you receive a text from your bank, remember this catchy new tune!

Protect yourself when online shopping these holidays🎄 When making online payments, only pay for items using a secure payment method —such as PayPal. Think twice before using virtual currencies such as bitcoin.

Phone scams were the most reported scam to Scamwatch in 2018. Today ACMA released their top five phone scams to be aware of:

Investment scams are an ongoing issue for Aussies, last month Scamwatch received reports with losses totalling $3,672,257. Do you know who you’re dealing with? Learn more: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/investments/investment-scams

If you’re waiting for a delivery this holiday season make sure you don’t fall for fake Australia Post text messages that are after your personal information. Do not follow the link or give any details. https://au.news.yahoo.com/warning-over-evil-australia-post-scam-this-christmas-084701109.html