Scamwatch

#ScamProtectionTip number 3: beware of any requests for your details or money. Scammers may pose as government to get your ID points, or ask for unusual payment methods (gift cards, crypto) for online purchases. Never send money or personal info to anyone you don’t know & trust!

Don't get let down by an online shopping #scam. Find out more about how to spot scams, and how to protect yourself, on our website: https://t.co/XxnnOjeuNz

#ScamProtectionTip number 2: keep your personal details secure. This extends to your mobile devices, computers, passwords and even your physical mail. Taking the time to double check your security & settings can help safeguard you against identity theft, hacking and other scams!

We've received reports about #scams relating to rapid antigen tests. Avoid newly registered websites claiming to have supply and individuals re-selling tests. Only buy TGA approved RATs from known and trusted retailers or their online stores, listed here: https://t.co/7QxuJFSjZB

Last week we asked you to share your best #ScamProtectionTip. This week, we’ll be sharing one each day! Number 1: be alert to the fact that scams exist. Always consider the possibility that a contact may be a #scam & remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!

Are you confident that you could identify an online shopping #scam? There are different methods scammers use to trick unsuspecting shoppers, no matter what it is you’re looking to buy. Find tips and case studies on our website: https://t.co/0Dc1SSrW8M

With many people in isolation or working remotely, it’s understandable that some may be looking for a companion, but beware of puppy & other pet scams. Always do your research before a purchase! Check out reviews & seek advice from breeders associations to avoid a #scam.

Thinking of making some new investments this year? The Australian Securities & Investments Commission has released new consumer warnings about imposter bond #scams, including Treasury bond scams & fixed term deposit scams. More info on the ASIC news centre https://t.co/Q43FIn1e8b

New year, new #flubot phishing scam. Stay alert as scammers are now using news headlines and fake social media notifications to try and convince you to click these dodgy links. This is a malware #scam designed to steal your contacts and banking info – do not click!

Hi everyone and welcome to our new followers! We’re happy to be back providing you with regular #scam updates. Were there any scams you managed to dodge over the festive season? How did you identify them? Reply or retweet with your top tips for avoiding scams!

Plan to take advantage of Boxing Day deals? Don’t let a scammer take advantage of you. Be wary of offers that seem too good to be true and avoid unusual payment methods. More advice on our website https://t.co/XxnnOjdWY1

Happy holidays Scamwatch followers! Just a note to let you know the ACCC offices will be closed from 24 Dec – 3 Jan so we’ll be taking a short break from our daily alerts. If you need to report a #scam, please do so at https://t.co/sWWNpu8CRr. See you in 2022!

Heard the term ‘BEC’ but not exactly sure what it means for you and your business? Check out our explanation below. To find out how to best protect your livelihood go to https://t.co/pe7TGHV9lO

It may be the season for giving, but scammers will take whatever they can get. If you receive an email, call or message out of the blue offering you money or prizes, it’s almost definitely a #scam. These are common phishing attempts. Pause to think before you click!

Have you recently lost money to a #scam? Beware of ‘recovery firms’ who request up-front payment to ‘help get your money back’. If you have lost money to a scam, contact your bank or financial institution ASAP and follow the steps below, don’t seek help from these firms.

More recent enforcement action against scammers!

It can be difficult to recover your identity if your personal info is stolen in a #scam. The best way to avoid identity theft is to avoid giving out personal info to strangers. If your ID has been compromised, IDCare can help - call 1800 595 160 or visit https://t.co/dM2XQREmhI

In a remote access #scam, scammers may pose as government or a well-known business to try & gain access to your devices. Once they’re in, they can steal your passwords, contacts & money. The best way to avoid this scam? Never give a stranger remote access to your devices!

Make sure your devices are secure - check the ACSC's Personal Cyber Security Guides for step-by-step advice https://t.co/MP3sYlibKJ

Between July 2020 and June 2021, @eSafetyOffice received more than 23,000 complaints about illegal and harmful online content. From 23 January, the eSafety Commissioner will be able to take down harmful content even faster.
Find out more ⬇️or visit https://t.co/dmqU8yQ43c

The top 5 #scams of 2021 are in: huge increases across investment, dating & romance, remote access, false billing, and threat scams. Awareness is the best defence against scams, so learn more on our website https://t.co/EDaKmw0bXF

Learn more about online shopping safety and how to avoid a #scam.

WARNING: beware of the latest #flubot #scam! If you’ve done your holiday shopping online & are expecting deliveries, track your parcels by going directly to the carriers’ website. DON’T click these links! More info: https://t.co/YgfPJbaG4o

Brush up on your cyber security knowledge with this quick quiz

Are you dipping your toe into crypto? Beware of fake wallet apps or swapping platforms that attempt to steal your seed phrase. They might try to lure you in with celeb endorsements or crypto giveaway offers but remember, if it seems too good to be true, it’s probably a #scam!