Stay Smart Online warning about blackmail attempts through video services like Skype.
A warning to beware of scammers taking advantage of the ballot to attend the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign. - ScamWatch
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) - warning after a Perth couple were used as drug mules after responding to holiday prize scam.
(Recent warnings will be removed after four weeks and posted in the news articles page.)
Project Sunbird, a Western Australian Police initiative, in conjunction with Consumer Protection, warns about the dangers of sending money overseas. Relationship fraud has left Western Australians with broken hearts and bank balances ($4.5 million heartbreaking fraud losses).
Recent stories of tragedy and heartbreak:
- Money Wash
- Tracey and Ted Hamilton
- Tragedy strikes a WA romance fraud victim
- Adam and Evelyn
- Wendy and John
- Paul and Sarah
- Jane's story
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HD International Legal Consults
12 worried Western Australians have sent in copies of HD International Legal Consults letters to WA ScamNet regarding "a beneficiary opportunity" to claim 40% of $37 million US.
Divas Chat scam
Scammers are targeting young people in Aboriginal communities in Western Australia through the social networking service Divas Chat.
Global Sex Offender and Criminal Organisation (GSOCO) scam
You wouldn’t expect a SCAMMER to ask YOU for an identity verification and criminal record check but that’s exactly what’s been happening to dating and social network website users.
Fake shopping websites
Consumer Protection has issued an alert about eight bogus shopping websites, now closed, which had stolen the identity of legitimate businesses and conned money out of WA consumers.
Overstock Services Division
If you receive one of these distinctive pale green envelopes (right) in your mail don’t open it because it’s a scam.
Accommodation providers are being targeted by scammers who make bookings using a stolen credit card, before cancelling with a sob story and requesting a refund be paid into a bank account. But it’s not just businesses affected by this scam.
Email scam examples
WA ScamNet’s aiming to make life harder for scammers by publishing their attempts to defraud recipients of emails.
Classified Ad Scams
Whether you are advertising an item for sale or trying to buy something, there’s a good chance you’ll encounter scammers when using newspaper and online classifieds. In the first six months of 2013, 45 people have reported a total loss of $170,000 to Consumer Protection after getting caught up in buying or selling scams.
Adrian and Gillian Bayford email scam
In August 2012 a couple called Adrian and Gillian Bayford from Suffolk in England won more than 148 million pounds in the EuroMillions lottery. Not long after, UK National Lottery operator Camelot issued a warning about an email scam where scammers were posing as the jackpot winners.
Help me scams
Most of us when asked for urgent assistance by a friend or family member would say yes and that’s the answer scammers are banking on when they target people in ‘help me’ scams.
Lastest releases from Consumer Protection and WA ScamNet:
- 7 November - Fire risk in buying from back of van conmen
- 11 October - WA businesses warned about advertising and invoice scams
- 18 September - Sick puppy warning for pet buyers
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