Spot social media scams
National Consumer Fraud Week
15 - 19 May 2017
Be on the look out for social media scams - learn how to spot one and protect yourself.
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Contact WA ScamNet to report a scam.
WA Scam Warnings
Can you hear me? suspected hoax
A suspected hoax is being used as a way to try to sell call blockers.
Catch the scammer scams
If you get a call from someone saying they want your help to catch a scammer and need you to pay, hang up – it’s a scam!
Rug rip-off warning
Consumer Protection is warning Western Australians to be wary of uninvited offers to buy cheap, but supposedly high quality, Turkish rugs.
Car Crash Compensation Phone Scam
Scammers are offering compensation for a car accident in an attempt to obtain personal information from victims.
Telstra fake refund scam
Phishing emails are a dime a dozen but we thought this one which purports to come from Australian Internet service provider BigPond was worth a warning.
Fake WA police fines
WA Police do not send infringement notices by email or text so don’t be fooled by this email.
Credit ReStore and BBM Finance loan scams
The economic downturn in WA is creating opportunities for heartless scammers to take money from people in desperate circumstances who are least able to afford it.
Alinta fake bill
We have a reported loss of $1350 in a phone scam where the caller pretended to be from Alinta Energy and threatened to cut off the power over an unpaid bill.
Opportunistic scammers are attempting to trick people into giving personal information to potentially steal their money or identity.
Third party suppliers scam
Fake 'suppliers' are targetting WA organisations, providing 'new' bank account details for payments and stealing the money.
iTunes gift cards being used in scam
Phone scammers are demanding iTunes gift cards for unpaid tax debts or payment of government fees for visas or grants.
Centrelink calls may be a scam
Scammers pretending to be Centrelink staff have potentially fleeced thousands of dollars from Western Australians.
Scams in the media
Scammers demand iTunes giftcards, bitcoin as loot - The West Australian
Insurance Scam Calls (PDF) - Insurance Commission of Western Australia
Secret wine bottle exchange scheme hitting Facebook - Hoax-Slayer
Police issue fraud warning - NSW Police Force
Indian police bust IRS phone scam center outside of Mumbai - Legal Insurrection
Microsoft and Adobe address security flaws in update - Stay Smart Online
Help for victims of fraud factsheet (PDF)