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Dealing with scams

Recognise, report and protect yourself from scams

Almost everyone will be the target of a scam at some time—you may have been already. Some scams are easy to spot, while others can happen without you even knowing it.

The SCAMwatch website provides detailed information on how these kinds of scams target you, and how you can recognise and report them. Visit the site and find out more about protecting yourself from scams through simple steps.

There are many types of scams, including:

  • lottery and competition scams
  • investment or 'get rich quick' scams
  • money transfer requests or 'Nigerian' scams
  • banking and online account scams
  • employment scams.

Some tips for protecting yourself from phone scams

  • Be suspicious of unexpected calls and text messages.
  • Hang up. Or text 'STOP' to unwanted messages.
  • Don't give your number to just anyone.

Some tips for protecting yourself from internet scams

  • Keep your protection software up-to-date.
  • Don't respond in any way to unsolicited emails.
  • If in doubt, delete.

For more information visit SCAMwatch, or you can call the Do No Call Regsiter 1300 792 958.

Last updated: 05 December 2017