The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has today issued a scam alert warning Australians to be wary of suspicious emails or SMS claiming to be from online gambling websites offering credit or in-game bonuses.
ACMA Authority Member Fiona Cameron said the ACMA has identified a significant spike in reports about these emails and SMS scams which attempt to lure people into clicking on links by promising offers of free upfront credit or free spins.
“Scammers are trying to obtain personal details, and to spread computer viruses and malware. If you receive one of these messages, delete it and do not respond or click on any of the links,” she said.
The ACMA believes the scam is circulating widely after identifying over 6,000 email and SMS reports since the start of this year.
The most common sites these messages claim to come from are offshore gambling sites:
- Roo Casino
- Pokie Spins
- Bonza Spins
- Syndicate Casino
Ms Cameron said this is a particularly nasty and widespread scam which attempts to prey on people with gambling problems.
“There’s no such thing as free money. Don’t let yourself be conned into believing you have any credit or bonusses with these casinos - you don’t,” Ms Cameron said.
“This is just a phishing expedition to steal your identity or infect your computer with malicious malware. Remember if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.”
The ACMA is stepping up its activities to reduce telco scams, including delivering on its Combating Scams Action Plan, making new rules to prevent mobile number fraud and issuing consumer alerts for emerging scam threats.
More information on how to protect yourself from scams and cyber-attacks is available at: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/get-help/protect-yourself-from-scams
A list of legal gambling operators in Australia, can be found here: https://www.acma.gov.au/check-if-gambling-operator-legal
If you need help with gambling problems, contact Gambler’s Help on 1800 858 858 or visit: https://gamblershelp.com.au/