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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

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.

NBN Scams

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.

Sparking Sword Vacation and White Hunter Vacation

The latest scratchie scam comes from Sparking Sword Vacation and White Hunter Vacation, claiming to be a 12th anniversary promotion.

Third party suppliers scam

Fake 'suppliers' are targetting WA organisations, providing 'new' bank account details for payments and stealing the money.

Scammers posing as the law

Scammers aim to make you act quickly without thinking first and play on your fear of the law. 

Court subpoenas and fines are emailed by scammers posing as members of the law. 

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.

Energy company email scam

 WA consumers are receiving scam emails claiming to be from AGL, an energy company not currently registered to supply or sell electricity and gas in Western Australia. 

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.


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Scams in the media

Police issue fraud warning - NSW Police Force

Indian police bust IRS phone scam center outside of Mumbai - Legal Insurrection

Virtual kidnapping and a mother's five hours of hell - WA Today

Fake Pokemon Go app contains Malware (link thanks to StaySmartOnline) - Proofpoint

Microsoft and Adobe address security flaws in update - Stay Smart Online

Con-artists widen impersonation act to target fraud victims - BBC News

Watch out for scam surveys and fake gift card offers - ACCC


Personal Fraud 2014-15 - Australian Bureau of Statistics

A rising proportion of Australians experienced personal fraud. This included scam fraud where just over half of the Australian population aged 15 and over were exposed to at least one scam. 

2015 Scam review report (PDF)

This report analyses the losses and number of victims of scams and consumer fraud in WA. The data comes from two sources: Consumer Protection’s WA ScamNet service and Project Sunbird.


Help for victims of fraud factsheet (PDF)

Email scam examples