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  • PIN verification code scams
    PIN verification code scams

    Scammers are getting around a common security feature used by organisations to prevent unauthorised access to your personal information. 

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  • JB Hi-Fi giveaway scam
    JB Hi-Fi giveaway scam

    Scammers posing as electronics retailer JB Hi-Fi are sending SMS messages claiming there is a ‘giveaway’ that expires soon – but be warned, it’s nothing more than a phishing exercise to get hold of your credit card details.  

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  • Live stream scams
    Live stream scams

    This type of scam appears to have emerged during COVID-19 when live stream events have become more popular due to social distancing restrictions.

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  • Cute pics but no puppies - puppy scams
    Cute pics but no puppies - puppy scams

    Beware of fake websites and social media accounts that claimed to puppies, leaving buyers out of pocket and without a dog.

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  • Fake farming machinery websites
    Fake farming machinery websites

    WA ScamNet has received reports about two websites claiming to sell discounted second-hand farming machinery with products paid for but not delivered.

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  • Check the tick before you click
    Check the tick before you click

    These days, it pays to be extra vigilant on social media. Like-harvesting, or like-farming as it is also called, is a scam perpetuated throughout Facebook and features bogus pages designed to do nothing more than “harvest” your likes.

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  • Beware fake Shopify sites
    Beware fake Shopify sites

    Online shoppers need to be wary of fraudulent store pages operating on Shopify that advertise non-existent goods and falsely promise to donate proceeds to bushfire relief charities and animal rescue groups.

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  • Fake profiles: Captain Thomas Steve
    Fake profiles: Captain Thomas Steve

    A WA woman has lost more than $10,000 in an online romance scam after a fraudster used stolen social media images to pose as a ship captain called ‘Thomas Steve’.

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  • Fake Outboard Motor Websites
    Fake Outboard Motor Websites

    WA ScamNet has received reports about a number of fake websites selling cheap outboard motors.

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  • Scam targets vehicle sellers
    Scam targets vehicle sellers

    Scammers are targeting consumers selling cars online. These scams usually work by getting you to ‘refund’ a scammer who has sent you too much money for an item you are selling or to forward the additional funds to someone else to cover costs such as shipping.

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  • Natural disasters
    Natural disasters

    Hearing about bushfires, floods, cyclones or earthquakes makes most of us want to give but for scammers it’s an opportunity to take.

    A black burnt tree in the middle of a bush fire, the rest of the image is completely engulfed in fire.

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  • Bank emails
    Bank emails

    You have just received an urgent email from your bank notifying you of fraudulent activity. If you receive an email call from someone purporting to be from your bank and requesting account and password details, do not respond. Immediately contact your bank. Do not use the telephone number the email has provided.

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  • Visdom Investment Management, Chicago
    Visdom Investment Management, Chicago

    Scammers have set up a fake investment company to defraud investors using the name of an investment company based in Hong Kong.

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  • Casa Belrina Travel and Dacodion Travel
    Casa Belrina Travel and Dacodion Travel

    A fake travel agency is targeting job-seekers in a ‘money mule’ scam where they are offered employment to receive and transfer funds via their personal bank account.

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  • Email threats about video release
    Email threats about video release

    Scammers claim they have created a video of the recipient watching adult content and threaten to send it to their social media contacts if they are not paid a sum of money.

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  • Fake barbecue product websites
    Fake barbecue product websites

    Consumers need to be careful about which online retailers they use after at least two cases where people ordered barbecue equipment that never arrived.

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  • You compares
    You compares

    A fake business called ‘You Compares’ (not to be confused with authentic comparison website YouCompare) are stealing money after promising savings on household bills.

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  • False Invoices
    False Invoices

    Businesses are often targeted by scammers hoping that busy firms may sign invoices without checking their authenticity. Sometimes these fake invoices are for a listing in a publication which the business hasn’t ordered.

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  • Chemist Warehouse survey
    Chemist Warehouse survey

    A fake online questionnaire claiming to be from popular chemists are doing the rounds. People receive a link to the survey, which may even appear to be sent by a friend or family member.

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  • ATO phishing emails
    ATO phishing emails

    Tax time could really be taxing if you give out personal details to scammers impersonating the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). WA ScamNet has renewed its warnings about fake tax communications after fresh reports of emails claiming to be from the ATO. Do not click on any links. Just delete it. 

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  • Scams targeting the Chinese community
    Scams targeting the Chinese community

    The Chinese community are being targeted by random calls claiming to be checking a visa application, a package with fraudulent documents or a money laundering investigation with huge losses reported.

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