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WISE UP TO SCAMS

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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

Third party suppliers scam

Fake 'suppliers' are targetting WA businesses, 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. 

Warning about newspaper advert offering to buy goods

 An offer to buy new and used items, advertisement in several WA newspapers, has been identified as a scam after being reported to Consumer Protection. 

Commerce government officer impersonations

Scammers are pretending to be Commerce officers in email and phone scams.

Phone scammers posing as ATO officials

Scammers are pretending to be the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and demanding payment for an outstanding debt or offering a fake refund. 

Australian Federal Police - Scammers posing as the AFP

 Scammers are so unafraid of the law that they even pretend to be the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

In early March 2016 WA ScamNet received a number of calls from Western Australians who had been served a supposed subpoena from the AFP via email. 

Farm and vineyard job scams targets backpackers

Overseas visitors on working holidays and Australian's travelling on a 'gap year' are the target of fake offers of employment at farms and wineries.  

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.

Faithful Vacation

The Malaysian scratchcard scam has proven to be a winner for fraudsters. The scammers not only take your money but set you up so they can potentially steal your identity too. 

Media

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Scams in the media

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

Losses to scams increase by 65 per cent for Indigenous consumers in 2015 - ACCC

WA victims fleeced in tech support scam - Department of Commerce

Don't gift tax debt scammers with iTunes cards - Department of Commerce

Ad for cut price mobile phones a scam - Department of Commerce

Gumtree Australia suffers security breach - Gumtree Australia

Warning about unlicensed betting scheme Lotto Spring - Department of Commerce

Reports

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.

Resources

Help for victims of fraud factsheet (PDF)

Email scam examples