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WISE UP TO SCAMS
16 - 20 May was Fraud Week, this year we asked everyone to Wise Up to Scams. Did you know at least $229 million was reported to government as lost to scams in 2015 with older Australians losing the most money to investment and romance scams. Wise up to scams!
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WA Scam Warnings
Job seekers need to be aware of fake websites offering attractive job opportunities but only want to steal people’s money and possibly their identity.
Credit ReStore and BBM Finance loan scams
The economic downturn in WA is creating opportunities for heartless scammers to take money from people in desperate circumstances who are least able to afford it.
Alinta fake bill
We have a reported loss of $1350 in a phone scam where the caller pretended to be from Alinta Energy and threatened to cut off the power over an unpaid bill.
Australian Red Cross blood donors beware
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service announced that a file containing personal data of more than half a million donors, has been exposed online.
WA ScamNet has more information and scam prevention tips.
The Aussie Method
WA investors are suffering large losses after being scammed by bogus companies and websites offering investment opportunities in binary options’ trading. Nationally, according to the ACCC, Australians have lost a total of $3 million in 2016
Simple cleans / Cassandra Cooney
WA tenants have lost money after being duped into paying for end of tenancy bond cleaning on their rental properties, but the cleaners didn’t turn up.
Opportunistic scammers are attempting to trick people into giving personal information to potentially steal their money or identity.
Car Accident Compensation Phone Scam
Scammers are offering compensation for a car accident in an attempt to obtain personal information from victims.
Nova Victory Travel
WA residents are being warned not to fall for a fake scratchie scam contained in glossy travel brochures sent from Malaysia.
Third party suppliers scam
Fake 'suppliers' are targetting WA organisations, providing 'new' bank account details for payments and stealing the money.
iTunes gift cards being used in scam
Phone scammers are demanding iTunes gift cards for unpaid tax debts or payment of governement fees for visas or grants.
Centrelink calls may be a scam
Scammers pretending to be Centrelink staff have potentially fleeced thousand of dollars from Western Australians.
Online Loan Scam - Finance Money Australia
Consumers looking for loans online are again being stung by paying fees or insurance charges upfront to scammers who have stolen the identity of legitimate credit providers.
Scams in the media
Police issue fraud warning - NSW Police Force
Indian police bust IRS phone scam center outside of Mumbai - Legal Insurrection
Microsoft and Adobe address security flaws in update - Stay Smart Online
Help for victims of fraud factsheet (PDF)