Did you know you can apply for a credit ban to stop people getting credit or loans in your name? It's a free service that lasts 21 days, and can be renewed. It's a step you can take to protect yourself if you've lost personal information. Learn more:

Scammers often use fake celebrity endorsements to lure victims, like these fake weight-loss ads on social media impersonating Maggie Beer. Don't get caught out by false online advertising, be vigilant and do your research on a seller before buying online.

IDCARE has a dedicated support page for people impacted by the Optus data breach. Visit IDCARE for practical tips to help protect your identity:

Scammers are using the Optus data breach to request remote access to your computer. Beware of unexpected callers claiming you've been hacked or offering help in relation to the breach. If unsure call the organisation they claim to be from using a number you've found yourself.

🚨Scam Alert: Beware of scammers using the Optus data breach to ask you for personal details or money! We’re seeing a variety of these scams. Don’t open the link or give personal info - just delete!

Were you impacted by the Optus data breach? There are steps you can take now to help protect yourself. Inform your bank and superannuation fund immediately. Visit Scamwatch for more tips:

If you are notified of a data breach it’s important to act quickly to reduce your risk of harm. Here are some tips to help protect yourself:

🚨Scam Alert: Scammers will try to cash in on the recent Optus data breach. Beware of scams claiming you’re eligible for financial compensation for identity theft.

We have published updated advice for individuals who are concerned their personal information may have been disclosed due to the Optus data breach:

Scamwatch is warning Optus customers to take urgent action to secure their accounts and personal information following a cyber-attack. Watch out for contact from scammers who may have your personal information.

Be careful about who you connect with on social media. Accepting friend requests from strangers gives them access to any personal information you may have on your profile, which could make you vulnerable to a #scam. Review your friends list and privacy settings today!

Beware of #scam emails impersonating the Commonwealth Fraud Prevention Centre. The real CFPC will never ask you to disclose personal or banking info! To check if a government website or email is genuine, look for the domain.

Scammers can spoof phone numbers to make it look like they’re calling/texting from a legitimate source. You may have even received genuine contacts from the same number in the past. Never click on links in texts asking you to update or verify personal details.

Beware of “job opportunities” that require you to spend money on starter kits or recruit others in order to earn more. More often than not, these are pyramid schemes. If a job offer claims you will earn easy money, it’s probably a #scam!

Scammers will often insist on payment methods that are difficult to reverse, or unregulated payment methods like cryptocurrency. Watch out for these red flags to avoid #scams!

‘Hi mum’ #scams are still doing the rounds – warn your family and friends and never hand over money without calling the ‘old’ number to verify!

#ScamProtectionTip: Look out for emails impersonating @myGovau! These #scams can be difficult to detect when the scammer has copied a legitimate email domain and branding. Always stop and think, and don’t click on links in unexpected messages!

When they message you on a dating app, start talking about crypto, and push you to sign up to make “guaranteed returns”…#scam

In a term deposit #scam, scammers copy contract documents from real financial firms & replace the contact details with their own. Do an independent search for the relevant business’ number, call & ask to speak to the person you’ve been dealing with before you sign anything!

If you receive a message claiming to be from Medicare prompting you to order a test kit, it’s a #scam, just ignore it! If someone you know has contracted COVID-19, check your state’s close contact guidelines online and follow government advice.

Look out for #scam texts impersonating your crypto wallet. KYC stands for ‘know your customer’ – these messages are phishing for your identity information. If you’re concerned, login as normal to check your wallet, DO NOT CLICK the link & NEVER share your seed phrase with anyone!

#ScamProtectionTip: warn everyone you know about ‘Hi Mum’ scams! Read our latest media release to learn more about these sophisticated phishing #scams and how to protect your family:

When you successfully identify a #scam text message, don’t click the link, and report it to Scamwatch...

Scammers might call claiming to be from your bank & ask you to download a ‘customer assistant app’. This gives them remote access to your device. From there, they can easily steal your passwords & drain your bank accounts. NEVER give a stranger remote access to your device!

Watch out for phishing texts claiming that your account has been suspended. This creates a sense of urgency that encourages you to act quickly – but the link is a #scam designed to steal your card and banking info. If you’re concerned, log in as normal, don’t click the link!