Scamwatch

If you've lost money to a #scam & someone contacts you, claiming to be law enforcement, offering to help get your money back, it's another scam. Just ignore it & report lost money to your bank as soon as possible!

Dating and romance scams can be emotionally and financially devastating. They can go on for years and people can feel ashamed to talk about it. Do you know how to help a loved one who might be in a #scam? Visit our website for tips: https://t.co/RPpfM5zOjf

We all love a bargain, but beware of deals that seem too good to be true. Online listings offering items well below their market value are likely to be a #scam. View the item in person or do a reverse image search before handing over your cash!

#ScamProtectionTip: Anyone who calls and pressures you to give them money or personal information is a scammer. Legitimate businesses or government agencies will never do that. If you’re unsure, hang up, and do an independent search for a phone number to call back.

Scammers may offer you something free to gain your trust and convince you to give them your money. If you’re looking to invest, be wary of impossible promises. Seek advice from a licenced professional and don’t invest money into anything you haven’t thoroughly researched!

Don’t be lured by fake employment scams that offer ‘guaranteed’ ways to make lots of money, very fast and for little effort. For more info & tips on these scams visit: https://t.co/DTiPQm7Ik8

Thanks to everyone who joined us, in person and virtually, for the ACCC's #ConsumerCongress2022. The theme for this year’s event was ‘protecting tomorrow’s consumers, today’. We enjoyed hearing our speakers share their perspectives on sustainability, consumer protection & #scams.

Beware of money recovery scams. If you’ve lost money to a scam, watch out for uninvited offers to recover your money for an up-front payment. Scammers create official looking websites and use fake testimonials to make themselves seem legitimate. Learn more:https://t.co/UGL8lDBXzB

If scammers gather enough ID points, they can steal your identity, open new bank accounts in your name, and even impersonate you to scam your friends and family. Remember, if someone contacts you unexpectedly & asks for your personal information for any reason, it’s a #scam.

#ScamProtectionTip: A great reminder from @CyberGovAu to prioritise your safety online by using unique passphrases to help avoid #scams and cybercrime.

Scamwatch data reveals Australians lost over $205 million to scams so far this year. Top losses were to investment scams, and SMS surpassed phone as the most common scam contact method. Read more: https://t.co/21JsLhQ2UK

#ScamProtectionTip: Do you know how to do a reverse image search? This little trick could help you unmask a romance scammer, online shopping scam or even a puppy scam! If you find the image elsewhere on the web, it could be a #scam. See @CyberGovAu’s tips: https://t.co/0MC80hQQDw

Scammers use all kinds of stories to convince you to give them money. They might pose as a love interest, authority figure or financial guru to try and convince you to part with your cash. Never send money to someone you have not met in real life!

ACCC Deputy Chair, Delia Rickard, recently appeared on the @eSafetyOffice Be Connected podcast to talk all things #scams. Have a listen here: https://t.co/fbBbkVcraf

Beware scammers might still come knocking at your door. Fake tradies using high-pressure sales tactics to get your money. Remember, if a deal seems too good to be true, it usually is.

COVID19 #scam texts urging you to order free test kits are still doing the rounds. DO NOT CLICK on links in unexpected messages! If unsure, log into your inbox by typing my dot gov dot au in the address bar.

Beware of term deposit and imposter bond #scams. Scammers can spoof real websites to impersonate a bank or financial company. Thoroughly research any investment opportunity and seek financial advice from a licenced professional before investing.

Never give a stranger your banking details over the phone or remote access to your computer – even if they claim to be from a known organisation.

Have you heard of romance baiting? Scammers use the trust they build through a relationship with their victim to lure them into an investment #scam. They often start with small trades, but spiral out of control. Never take investment advice from someone you've only met online.

Scammers use threats to get you to act quickly and without thinking. Legitimate authorities will never call demanding money, and threaten you with arrest or deportation unless you pay up. If you get a call like this, don’t panic, it’s a #scam. Just hang up!

Scammers may pose as family and friends to gain instant trust. If you get an unexpected message from someone claiming they have a new number or new bank account, call them directly on their usual number to confirm.

#ScamProtectionTip: If you get an unexpected call from someone asking for your money or personal details, don’t engage with the caller or give any information - just hang up immediately!

Keen for a #clickfrenzy deal? Beware of offers that seem too good to be true. Check out our tips for avoiding online shopping #scams: https://t.co/XxnnOjvxPz

Think you know how to spot a phishing #scam? Test your skills by taking @CyberGovAU’s quick quiz: https://t.co/fJzMdCMprT

Keen to get travelling again? Beware of fake websites advertising holiday deals that seem too good to be true. Only book from secure sites you know and trust to avoid being #scammed!