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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. 


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.


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

Who's really calling? Not the ATO or ACC

Consumer Protection has received more reports from people who have received telephone calls from scammers pretending to work for government or law enforcement agencies.

Pensioner loses $15,000 in phone scam

An 80-year-old from WA’s South West has lost more than $15,000 in a phone scam where the caller pretended to be from Centrelink and claimed the man’s pension payments would be stopped unless he paid money supposedly owed to a telecommunications company.

Fraud Week 2015

If you haven’t stopped and thought about how you keep your private information secure, chances are you could be leaving it wide open for scammers to use for fraudulent purposes. 

Money lost after false threat of power disconnection

A Northbridge business has lost $6,000 after getting calls from a scammer claiming to be from Synergy, WA’s largest energy retailer, and threatening to disconnect their power.

Fake fine infects computers - AFP warn

The Australian Federal Police have issued a warning on fake traffic infringement notices circulated by email which may infect computers with malware.

Tax tricks that will get you in trouble

The ATO is aware that some schemes and offers presented to investors may actually be a fraud. They have produced an educational video called Tax Tricks That Will Get You In Trouble that may  help people make more informed financial investment decisions.

Phone scammers posing as ATO officials

The Australian Taxation Office is warning Australians about recent phone scams, where a scammer tries to convince you to pay a fake tax debt over the phone.

Rug rip-off warning

Consumer Protection is warning Western Australians to be wary of uninvited offers to buy cheap, but supposedly high quality, Turkish rugs.

Cyber criminals attacking WA Computers

The trend of cyber criminals infecting computers with ransomware is a growing one and both consumers and businesses are at risk. Anyone who uses a computer is susceptible and need to know how to avoid a ransomware attack.

Fake travel prizes and brochures

WA ScamNet has again identified Malaysian Travel Brochure scams which contain fake scratchy cards, this time trading as Thumbs Up Travel.

Fake WA police officer scam warning

Consumer Protection has noticed an increase in the number of scammers posing as WA police officers in an attempt to con money out of unsuspecting Western Australians.

Warning: Scammers impersonating immigration officials

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is warning of a recent wave of phone scams targeting consumers.

Tenancy Tip - avoid rental scams

In 2014, around 30 accommodation scam victims contacted WA ScamNet and between them the total monetary loss was almost $43,000 – an average loss per victim of nearly $1,500.


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Scams in the news

Read the latest online external news articles liked by WA ScamNet.

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Recent scam warnings

Indigenous consumers lost $740,000 to scams last year - accc.gov.au

Australians lose over $80M to scams in 2014 - accc.gov.au

Hang up on an immigration scam - accc.gov.au

Do not reply to phishing emails - acma.gov.au

Reforms target VET FEE-HELP scammers - studyassist.gov.au

Scammers posing as immigration officials in latest phone scams - immi.gov.au

Beware of NBN scams - ACCC

Take the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce 2015 Survey - Open until 30 April 2015

Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce: Results of the 2013 online consumer fraud survey - aic.gov.au

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

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