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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. 


If you are a small business operator or adviser, watch the small business scams and cybercrime forum video to learn more about the risks that have the potential to impose significant financial, legal and reputational costs on small businesses and their customers.


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

Leather Jacket Scam

Reports received in the last two weeks indicate that a man with an Italian accent, going by the name of Mr Antonio, has been selling jackets, which he claims to be leather and made by the designer Giorgio Armani.

Phone scam warning from the Department of Transport (DoT)

A caller, claiming to be from DoT, asks for insurance/personal details over the phone and may also involve automated calls asking customers to respond to a survey.

Rovee - Tax scam victim's story

In June 2015 Rovee received an aggressive and threatening call from a man claiming to be from the Australian Tax Office, stating she had an unpaid tax debt of more than five thousand dollars.

Lottery Winner Impersonation

Scammers pretend to be lottery winners because they can confuse their victims with real news articles about the millionaires they are posing as.

Larosa Group

Massive losses are feared after Austraians were duped by a bogus investment company operating a fake website.

Flaming Ace travel scratchie scam

Consumer Protection is echoing the warning by colleagues at Northern Territory Consumer Affairs for people to beware of the latest scam scratch and win cards and colourful holiday brochures sent in the mail from Malaysia. 

Website warning – Travel Advisor Pro (TAP)

A travel accommodation website is listing properties for lease without the property owner’s permission, sparking fears that the site is run by scammers.

Survey scam warning for Aqwest customers in Bunbury

There have been three reports from people who were phoned by a caller claiming to be Aqwest, offering a free water filter for taking part in the survey and asking for credit card details from the call recipient.

Fake text scam warning for motor vehicle dealers

Consumer Protection is warning licensed motor vehicle dealers, yard managers and salespeople to be aware of a phone text scam which has been received by a number of staff working in the industry.

Public warning about Gerardus (Gerry) Jorissen

WA ScamNet and Consumer Protection are warning Western Australians not to deal with Gerardus (Gerry) Hermanus Jorissen who has sent at least $200,000 of other people’s money to overseas criminals under the guise of an investment scheme.

Online loan scammers posing as Mercury Money

In the last few weeks consumers have contacted WA ScamNet at Consumer Protection after being defrauded by scammers posing as Mercury Money – a legitimate brokerage company based in Perth.

Door-to-door art sales

Consumer Protection is warning WA householders about door to door art sellers after three salespeople were intercepted last week by Pinjarra Police.

Door-knockers offering free laptops not from the Government

Consumer Protection is warning Western Australians, particularly those in remote and regional communities, about door-knockers offering ‘free’ laptops to people who sign up for courses.

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.

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.


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Scams in the news

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

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Older media and events

Recent scam warnings

Door-knockers offering free laptops not from the Government - commerce.wa.gov.au

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

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

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