Every year, thousands of Australians are targeted by scams, whether it be online, via phone, mail or even in person.
Australian Community Media has compiled a list of current scams identified on sites such as scamwatch.gov.au, www.cyber.gov.au and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's website dedicated to informing people about fraudulent and dishonest activities:
myGov refund scam
- Scammers are once again impersonating myGov representatives to target Australians.
- The scammer will claim that the person is eligible for a $106.95 refund.
- This scam may be via email or phone.
- The targeted victim will be asked to provide personal information over the phone or via a form or link.
- Scammers may also attempt to get the target to download a link.
- The scam may also purport to have important information that tells the victim their refund won't be processed unless they confirm their identity. It may also threaten to cancel their account if one or more attempts are unsuccessful
Bold NSW police call scam
- Scam callers pretending to be from the NSW Police Force are threatening call recipients with fines or arrest
- The scammer states that the person receiving the call has an outstanding fine or warrant. They then demand a form of payment to prevent arrest or further court action. Reports also indicate that the scammers ask for a copy of a driver's licence and photo for 'identification purposes'
- The NSW Police Force will never call members of the public and demand payment over the phone in order to avoid going to court or being arrested
- If you receive an unexpected call from someone who states they're from the police, and starts asking for personal details or threatens you, don't pay any money or provide personal details. Hang up
- If you are concerned, contact your local police station or the Police Assistance Line on 131 444