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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.
Latest Scam Updates
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
Consumer Protection is warning Perth residents, particularly seniors, after receiving reports of travelling conmen offering roof repairs or to lay supposedly bitumen driveways.
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.
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.
As the temperature rises and Australians start booking their summer holidays, consumers are being warned not to get caught by avoidable scams
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.
Leon Shipard / AndThanks2U / MyFuelClub
Invest some cash and recruit others who pay to join, then you’ll get rich quick from the members under you in the system. What they don’t tell you in the hard-sell is that pyramid selling schemes are illegal and ALL collapse at some point. It might not just be money you lose; if you’ve roped in friends or family, you might suffer a breakdown in relationships too.
WA drivers targeted in latest PayPal scam
Consumer Protection is warning WA drivers not to respond to a scam email inviting them to renew their licence via PayPal.
Scams in the news
Read the latest online external news articles liked by WA ScamNet.
Statements by the minister:
- 15 January 2015 Love bites, love bleeds $11m from West Aussies
Lastest releases from Consumer Protection and WA ScamNet:
- 15 January 2015 - Western Australians lose $10.9 million to heartless romance scammers
- 10 December 2014 - Online shopping tips all wrapped up
- 13 November 2014 - Victims lose thousands in online loan scams
Recent scam warnings
Fake news.com.au emails with ISIS subject line contain malware - acma.dot.gov.au
Police are warning people to be wary of scam emails concerning traffic infringements - DailyExaminer.com.au
Nine social media scams you need to know - Trend Micro
The Guardian is warning about a 'Grand Theft Auto V' torrent scam that is hitting PC Gamers
(Recent warnings will be removed after four weeks and posted in the news articles page.)
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