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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. 


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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.



sunbird

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

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.

Sea container investment schemes

Caution urged over sea container investment schemes and promotions (also known as ‘acquisition of maritime containers’).

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.

Fruit picking in regional WA

Overseas backpackers have been duped by a fake online advertisement offering fruit picking work and accommodation in Narrogin.

Dodgy roof repairers or driveway layers

Beware of travelling conmen offering roof repairs who leave your property worse with dodgy half-done jobs.


The Smith Family door-to-door charity scam

WA ScamNet is issuing a warning about a door-to-door fundraising scam in Perth using The Smith Family's name.

Scam mail bound for Christmas Island seized

Postal scammers have targeted Christmas Island this festive season but thanks to Australia Post the scam mail has been intercepted in Perth. The seizure is seen as a significant number of letters considering that Christmas Island only has a population of about 2,100.

RansomWare

Scammers are holding computer users to ransom and the way they are doing it is really simple – through emails that encourage you to open an attachment. You might think the attachment is a document but in fact it contains malicious software, or malware for short.

Phone scammers pose as Federal Government employees

Consumer Protection’s general advice line and regional offices have been getting lots of reports from consumers regarding phone scammers claiming to be from the Federal Government. The caller offers either a rebate or refund of overcharged fees.

ACCC - Scams video for Indigenous consumers

During the launch of ACCC's strategy for Indigenous consumer protection in November 2014 the ACCC released two short videos dealing with scams and direct debit.

Victims lose thousands in online loan scams

Consumer Protection has issued an alert after many West Australians desperate to get a loan have been duped by online loan scams. Some of the scammers are stealing the identity of legitimate online money lenders, adding to the confusion of consumers.

Online free trial offers

Whether it’s a sponsored post in your social media feed or a pop up advertisement while you’re browsing the web, offers of ‘free trials’ or ‘samples’ are a common sight for internet users. WA ScamNet warns online consumers to be aware of the fine print when accepting a so called free trial.

Media

today_tonight_faketestimonialdietpills Fake testimonial diet pills - Channel 7 (20/03/2015) More...

Scams in the news

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


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Recent scam warnings

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

ACMA warns about scammers posing as Qantas and Virgin Australia - acma.gov.au

Midwest consumers are being asked to think twice about paying that invoice - abc.net.au

Donate safely this bushfire season - ACCC

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


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