Scammers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in how they deliver scams, taking advantage of new technology and communication methods to try and slip under your radar. Online platforms and mobile technology such as emails, social networking sites, smartphones and tablets make it easier to connect with people around the world and communicate in real time anonymously, privately or publicly. Unfortunately, scammers will use this to their advantage, unafraid to adopt a personal touch and contact you at home, on your phone or even at your door. They will often pose as a person or an organisation that you know and trust. Below we have listed some of the common scams, their warning signs and how you can protect yourself.

Stay one step ahead of scammers. If you find yourself the target of a scam, stop and ask yourself, “Does this seem right?”

  • Don't respond: Ignore suspicious emails, letters, house visits, phone calls or SMS - press 'delete', throw them out, shut the door or just hang up
  • Watch out for slick tricks: Don’t be fooled by professional-looking websites, fake documents, glossy brochures, technical jargon
  • Don't let scammers pressure you: Scammers will try to instil a sense of urgency, guilt, anxiety or fear to get what they want
  • Protect your identity: Your personal details are private and invaluable, don’t just give them away to anyone

Romance Scams

One of the most common scams reported are romance scams. Find out how to identify these scams and what to do if you have fallen victim of a romance scam.

Investment Scams

Investment scams can be hard to spot as they often have well presented websites and professional looking reports. Find out how to spot an investment scam.

SMS and Email Scams

SMS and email scams, also known as ‘Phishing’, continues to be one of the most prevalent scams reported in Australia. Find out how to keep safe from these scams.

Buying and Selling Scams

With online transactions increasing considerably, scammers have taken advantage of this trend by setting up fake websites and deceiving people into buying from them. Find out how to identify these scams.

Unexpected Winnings Scams

Unexpected winnings scams, like unexpected money scams, lure people in with the promise of surprise money claims, and extravagant prizes. Find out how to keep safe from these scams.

Remote Access Scams

A remote access scam occurs when a person contacts you often pretending to be a staff member or technical support ready to help fix your problem. Find out how to avoid these scams.