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Subscribe to WA ScamNet alerts and keep informed about current scams. Read more tips on fighting back and protecting yourself against scammers. 


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Are you interested in learning more about internet security and how to protect yourself when using a computer? Visit our Seniors Online Security page to get started.



sunbird

Project Sunbird, a Western Australian Police initiative, in conjunction with Consumer Protection, aims to stop online relationship fraud victims sending money to overseas-based criminals. Relationship fraud has left Western Australians with broken hearts and bank balances ($4.5 million heartbreaking fraud losses) and has resulted in at least one associated death.


Stevie's Scam School 

Stevie the reformed scammer is back with six new videos aimed at protecting consumers and small businesses from common ‘advance fee fraud’ scams

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Latest Scam Updates

Scam mail bound for Christmas Island seized

Postal scammers have targeted Christmas Island this festive season but thanks to Australia Post the scam mail has been intercepted in Perth. The seizure is seen as a significant number of letters considering that Christmas Island only has a population of about 2,100.

RansomWare

Scammers are holding computer users to ransom and the way they are doing it is really simple – through emails that encourage you to open an attachment. You might think the attachment is a document but in fact it contains malicious software, or malware for short.

Phone scammers pose as Federal Government employees

Consumer Protection’s general advice line and regional offices have been getting lots of reports from consumers regarding phone scammers claiming to be from the Federal Government. The caller offers either a rebate or refund of overcharged fees.

Holiday Scams

As the temperature rises and Australians start booking their summer holidays, consumers are being warned not to get caught by avoidable scams

The 12 Scams of Christmas

Delia Rickard from the ACCC talks through McAfee’s top 12 scams which promise to ruin your holiday period.

ACCC - Scams video for Indigenous consumers

During the launch of ACCC's strategy for Indigenous consumer protection in November 2014 the ACCC released two short videos dealing with scams and direct debit.

Victims lose thousands in online loan scams

Consumer Protection has issued an alert after many West Australians desperate to get a loan have been duped by online loan scams. Some of the scammers are stealing the identity of legitimate online money lenders, adding to the confusion of consumers.

Online free trial offers

Whether it’s a sponsored post in your social media feed or a pop up advertisement while you’re browsing the web, offers of ‘free trials’ or ‘samples’ are a common sight for internet users. WA ScamNet warns online consumers to be aware of the fine print when accepting a so called free trial.

Leon Shipard / AndThanks2U / MyFuelClub

Invest some cash and recruit others who pay to join, then you’ll get rich quick from the members under you in the system. What they don’t tell you in the hard-sell is that pyramid selling schemes are illegal and ALL collapse at some point. It might not just be money you lose; if you’ve roped in friends or family, you might suffer a breakdown in relationships too.

WA drivers targeted in latest PayPal scam

Consumer Protection is warning WA drivers not to respond to a scam email inviting them to renew their licence via PayPal.

Media

channel9_online_loan_scams Online loans scams - Channel 9 (13/11/2014) More...

Scams in the news

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Recent scam warnings

Fake Big W facebook pages lure victims with expensive prizes - ibtimes.com

Police are warning people to be wary of scam emails concerning traffic infringements - DailyExaminer.com.au

Consumers with a disability - be on guard against scammers trying to take advantage of you - ScamWatch.gov.au

Nine social media scams you need to know - Trend Micro

The Guardian is warning about a 'Grand Theft Auto V' torrent scam that is hitting PC Gamers

(Recent warnings will be removed after four weeks and posted in the news articles page.)


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