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Fake tickets and other classified scams are hard to identify. We urge you to only buy tickets from authorised sellers, or risk your tickets being dishonoured on entry https://www.accc.gov.au/consumers/online-shopping/buying-tickets-online

Scam alert: We’ve received reports of losses to a fraudulent ‘French Bull Rehoming’ website which claims to re-home French and British bulldog puppies, but left buyers out of pocket and without a dog. Don’t purchase from this website!

Fresh warnings about a new twist to the ATO impersonation scam with scammers now requesting payments via ‘cardless cash’ withdrawals. https://www.smh.com.au/business/small-business/season-for-scams-ato-warns-on-new-twist-after-2m-losses-20191203-p53gaj.html

CommBank customers are warned to watch out for an email phishing scam impersonating the bank. The email asks you to confirm activity on your account and tries to steal your personal info. https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/commbank-scam-targets-aussies-041639034.html

Make sure your donations go to a legitimate charity and not a scammer by searching the ACNC Charity Register https://www.acnc.gov.au/charity

Below are just a handful of the bank impersonation texts currently being sent by scammers. Scammers can trick your phone into showing these messages in the same ‘conversation’ as genuine messages from your bank!

Have you been shopping in the online sales and expecting a package? Watch out for parcel delivery scams impersonating Australia Post. Check out this handy video from @auspost for tips on spotting these scams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7h_tRig3vEw&feature=youtu.be

Looking for an online bargain this Black Friday? You’re not the only one keeping a close eye online, scammers are always on the lookout for opportunities to scam you. Before you shop, check out our tips for avoiding online shopping scams https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/buying-or-selling/online-shopping-scams

News alert: Great to see new measures being trialled to protect consumers from scams over the phone.

Australians are losing more money to online shopping scams than ever before. Here are some tips for shopping safely online at holiday time https://www.staysmartonline.gov.au/get-involved/see-it-action/stay-safe-when-shopping-online-holiday-time

Planning to shop online these holidays? Scammers take advantage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales by setting up fake online stores. https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/news/tis-the-season-for-online-shopping-scams

So far this year Scamwatch has received 612 reports of fake ticket scams with losses of almost $170 000. When buying tickets online, try to verify the seller's identity and the legitimacy of the tickets, and where possible buy from official sellers or endorsed re-sellers.

It’s International Fraud Awareness Week and we’re highlighting the importance of protecting your identity. Australians have reported losses of over $3.6 million to identity theft so far this year. Check out Scamwatch for some tips to protect yourself https://bit.ly/334F3sc

Beware of an sms phishing scam targeting NAB customers with a link to a fake website to ‘unlock’ your account. We’ve received 51 reports just this week. Don’t click on any links – delete the text if you receive it.

Watch out for a Woolworths $100 coupon scam trending on Facebook. The post claims users need to share the coupon with family and friends to activate the offer. Don’t share or click on any links. https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/food/woolworths-issues-urgent-warning-over-100-discount-scam-c-564274

Facebook users are being warned of another bitcoin scam, this time impersonating former NSW premier Mike Baird in a fake celebrity endorsement. https://www.news.com.au/technology/online/warning-over-convincing-facebook-scam-involving-mike-baird-and-bitcoin/news-story/59fe08a8431432db587164cce9801474

Excited for #payday? Did you know that millennials are most at risk from being scammed while shopping online? More info:
https://news.com.au/finance/money/how-to-stop-online-shopping-scams-from-stealing-your-money/news-story/682fc52d82a51f3838b2e5d447d9fb9f via
@newscomauHQ

Chatting to a new love interest online? Be careful of scammers using dating sites to exploit its users. Learn more: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/dating-romance

Ads on Facebook featuring celebrities can often be scams - watch the @ABCmediawatch report: https://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/episodes/facebook/11694444

Can you spot the difference between a real email and a scam? Take the quiz and find out! https://phishingquiz.withgoogle.com/ Created by @Google

Look out for scammers impersonating genuine charities and asking for donations, these types of scams often come about after natural disasters such as bushfires. More info on Fake Charity scams: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/fake-charities

Looking for a rental? Beware of reports of prospective renters losing money to fake property listings on Gumtree. Always view a property in person before signing a lease or paying bond money. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-08/couple-fall-victim-to-gumtree-real-estate-scam/11680516

Learn tips on how to spot a phishing scam at https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/about-scamwatch/tools-resources/online-resources/spot-the-scam-signs

With the holidays fast approaching, watch out for parcel delivery scams impersonating Australia Post. Check out this handy video from @auspost for tips on spotting these scams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7h_tRig3vEw&feature=youtu.be

Planning a summer holiday? If you’re booking accommodation online be wary of fake rental listings on legitimate accommodation websites. https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2019/11/watch-out-for-this-airbnb-scam/