Project Sunbird, a Western Australian Police initiative, in conjunction with Consumer Protection, warns about the dangers of sending money overseas. Relationship fraud has left Western Australians with broken hearts and bank balances ($4.5 million heartbreaking fraud losses).
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eBay second chance scam
WA ScamNet has had reports from eBay users that after an unsuccessful bid to buy an item, they are contacted out-of-the-blue with a second chance offer, which turns out to be a scam.
Email scam examples
WA ScamNet’s aiming to make life harder for scammers by publishing their attempts to defraud recipients of emails.
Scam survey 2013
Are you the victim of a scam, or have you received scam invitations? Would you like to be involved in research about scams? Then complete our 2013 scam survey to help us improve our understanding about scams.
Mystery shopper - Survey agent
Job adverts for mystery shoppers or survey agents have been appearing in recruitment sections of WA newspapers lately (February 2013) BUT it’s no secret to Consumer Protection that the scheme is a scam.
West Australian Banking Association
Between November 2012 and January 2013 Consumer Protection received 11 scam enquiries from people who’d been contacted by callers claiming to be from the Australian Banking Association or Australian Banking Organisation.
Rental and share accommodation scam
Have you found a luxurious rental property with pool advertised on the internet at below market value? Beware, this could be a scam.
AFP computer seizure scam
Your computer suddenly stops working and your screen is filled with a warning supposedly from the Australian Federal Police (AFP). It says you have been targeted because you have allegedly broken copyright laws during downloading, been viewing inappropriate content or accessed data illegally.
Lastest releases from Consumer Protection and WA ScamNet:
- 9 May 2013 - Investment scam warning after record losses reported
- 9 May 2013 - WA businesses lose money in fake invoice sting
- 24 April 2013 - Record haul of scam mail intercepted in WA
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