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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.
Contact WA ScamNet to report a scam.
Latest Scam Updates
Who's really calling? Not the ATO or ACC
Consumer Protection has received more reports from people who have received telephone calls from scammers pretending to work for government or law enforcement agencies.
Pensioner loses $15,000 in phone scam
An 80-year-old from WA’s South West has lost more than $15,000 in a phone scam where the caller pretended to be from Centrelink and claimed the man’s pension payments would be stopped unless he paid money supposedly owed to a telecommunications company.
Fraud Week 2015
If you haven’t stopped and thought about how you keep your private information secure, chances are you could be leaving it wide open for scammers to use for fraudulent purposes.
Money lost after false threat of power disconnection
A Northbridge business has lost $6,000 after getting calls from a scammer claiming to be from Synergy, WA’s largest energy retailer, and threatening to disconnect their power.
Fake fine infects computers - AFP warn
The Australian Federal Police have issued a warning on fake traffic infringement notices circulated by email which may infect computers with malware.
Tax tricks that will get you in trouble
The ATO is aware that some schemes and offers presented to investors may actually be a fraud. They have produced an educational video called Tax Tricks That Will Get You In Trouble that may help people make more informed financial investment decisions.
Phone scammers posing as ATO officials
The Australian Taxation Office is warning Australians about recent phone scams, where a scammer tries to convince you to pay a fake tax debt over the phone.
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.
Cyber criminals attacking WA Computers
The trend of cyber criminals infecting computers with ransomware is a growing one and both consumers and businesses are at risk. Anyone who uses a computer is susceptible and need to know how to avoid a ransomware attack.
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.
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.
Scams in the news
Read the latest online external news articles liked by WA ScamNet.
Statements by the Minister:
- 8 April 2015 Return to sender operation thwarts scammers
- 2 April 2015 West Australians tricked into being money mules
- 15 January 2015 Love bites, love bleeds $11m from West Aussies
Lastest releases from Consumer Protection and WA ScamNet:
- 14 May 2015 - Money lost after false threat of power disconnection
- 16 April 2015 - Warning about rug rip-off
- 09 April 2015 - Cyber criminals attacking WA computers
- 02 April 2015 - West Australians tricked into being money mules
- 23 March 2015 - Watch out for fake police scams
Recent scam warnings
Indigenous consumers lost $740,000 to scams last year - accc.gov.au
Australians lose over $80M to scams in 2014 - accc.gov.au
Hang up on an immigration scam - accc.gov.au
Do not reply to phishing emails - acma.gov.au
Reforms target VET FEE-HELP scammers - studyassist.gov.au
Beware of NBN scams - ACCC
(Recent warnings will be removed after four weeks and posted in the news articles page.)
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