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Australians reported losses of over $250 000 to classified #scams last month. If the advertised price of a good, service or rental property looks too good to be true, it probably is. Learn more: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/buying-or-selling/classified-scams

Phishing scammers are still trying to steal your credit card information through fake Netflix logins. Do not action account updates sent via links in emails
https://www.9news.com.au/technology/netflix-email-scam-phishing-scam-mimics-3-step-verification/6ede6c6e-0cbf-4ab5-8797-85d9856e6c0f

Businesses should always verify changes in payment details even when they come from the same email address. Scammers will send these out from compromised businesses asking for payment to a new account, always double check by calling your supplier.
https://ia.acs.org.au/article/2020/ice-rink-loses--77k-in-email-scam.html

Australians lost $16 000 to ATO scams just last week according to reports to Scamwatch. Do you know how to spot an ATO scam? Learn more: https://www.ato.gov.au/Media-centre/Media-releases/Scammers-impersonate-ATO-phone-numbers/

SCAM ALERT 🚨 be aware of emails from a scammer calling themselves ‘I Know’ attempting to scam victims out of money using sextortion techniques. Learn more: https://www.esafety.gov.au/key-issues/image-based-abuse/take-action/deal-with-sextortion

Do you know how to spot an #Investment scam? Australians reported losses of $2.1m to investment scams last month. Learn more: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/investments #scam #Australia

By reporting scams you can help consumer protection agencies around the world spot trends and work together to prevent international scams

Romance scams cost Aussies more than $28.6 million in 2019 💔

👉 37.5% of scam victims reported a loss - an average of $19,000
👉 Scammers are moving to apps like Words with Friends and Scrabble...
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Don’t give your heart to a scammer this Valentine’s Day 💔 Here’s a tip for spotting a fake dating profile: Do an image search of your admirer to help verify their identity. Learn more: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/dating-romance

Stay alert for scammers after a natural disaster. This video from
@MoneysmartTeam
tells you what to look out for.
#AustraliaFires #AustraliaBushfires
https://static.moneysmart.gov.au/videos/Moneysmart+-+Fiona+1+-+Be+careful+with+money+after+a+bushfire-captions.mp4

#Coronavirus has attracted scammers. Don’t fall victim to fake cure products and look for information from reliable sources such as the World Health Organisation. @WHO
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/02/coronavirus-scammers-follow-headlines?utm_source=govdelivery

#esafetySID TIP 4: Think twice before using virtual currencies when shopping online - they do not have the same protections as other transaction methods. #SID2020

#esafetySID TIP 3: Review your privacy and security settings on social media. Here’s a how-to for @Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/help/325807937506242. #SID2020

#esafetySID TIP 2: Don't respond to phone calls about your computer asking for remote access – hang up. #SID2020

Today is Safer Internet Day! Scamwatch will be sharing tips to avoid scams throughout the day. TIP 1: Don’t open or click on suspicious texts, pop-up windows, links or attachments – delete them. #SID2020 #esafetySID

Tomorrow is Safer Internet Day. Scamwatch will be sharing tips and tricks to avoid scams and help make the internet a safer place for all. More info about #SID2020: https://www.esafety.gov.au/safer-internet-day @esafetyoffice

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, be on the lookout for dating scams. Dating and romance scammers find their victims through dating sites, social media and even apps like Google Hangouts, and online games such as Words with Friends and Scrabble. https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/news/romance-scammers-move-to-new-apps-costing-aussies-more-than-286-million

Watch out for Australian Taxation Office (ATO) scams. Last week Scamwatch received 317 reports relating to the ATO. Learn more: https://www.ato.gov.au/General/Online-services/Identity-security/Scam-alerts/ @ato_gov_au #scam

Beware of messages saying your parcel can’t be delivered. Don’t click on the link, it’s a phishing scam to get your info and credit card details.

Scammers are using malicious emails containing fake warnings of Coronavirus outbreaks to infect your computer. If you receive the email, delete it immediately.
https://www.9news.com.au/technology/coronavirus-email-scam-warning-as-emotet-trojan-attached-to-pdf-mp4-and-docx-files/4b7f9c98-31fa-4b03-8729-7499a0ff7fa2

Australians reported losses of $1.2 million to betting and sports investment scams in 2019. Before investing, do some research to verify the legitimacy of the platform. More info: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams/investments/betting-sports-investment-scams

Scammers are sending texts claiming you have a tax refund with a link to a fake version of the MyGov website. The ATO will never email or text you a link to action.
https://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/warning-after-sophisticated-149m-scam/3934207/

Don't get caught up by scammers impersonating Chinese police, last week two victims lost a total of $880,000 to Chinese authority scams.

Beware of a fake email invitation purporting to be from the PM Scott Morrison. If you receive the email delete it, it’s a scam: https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/fake-scott-morrison-email-scam-australians-024833378.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS5hdS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAMNAALTmLXpUTae07xapMWHDsHFeMHbJFhG85oGTyfrtRVdGjqG3c65iKtkdiOYNOZ93Zznkd4fjCBQRHIw9HQQvZS7QzflKdm8RDJkzYGqSz4nvDe0vzIciNjNaSrX3sVJnLElqMttMVLIUkRKiDf2O3XnKokupd5zkiueXPx-q

Have you received an email saying it is from Netflix asking you to click on a link and update details? It may be a scam. Scamwatch has received 510 reports of phishing scams using Netflix so far in January
https://www.mailguard.com.au/blog/netflix-brandjacked-again-phishing-email-uses-3-step-verification-to-trick-users