Most scams are offering something that sounds too good to be true.
Scams are fraudulent schemes promising large sums of money, often from foreign countries. They often ask their target for some type of service, or fee to be paid, before they grant payment. Scams can also be disguised as a ‘free trial’ offer in which they want your payment details before they give you the ‘free trial’.
Scammers may contact you via mail, email, SMS, telephone, eBay or even door-knocking.
Some of the most common scams are:
- offering exclusive entry to a lottery through payment of an upfront fee
- offering a payment to receive ‘how to make money’ information, lottery or horse betting predictions, or personalised horoscopes
- advising of goods or prizes awaiting collection once a delivery fee is paid
- offering the opportunity to take part in a competition after payment of a fee
- advertising jobs that offer you a commission for you taking payment for sale of goods into your own personal account and then transferring the funds to another account, usually via Western Union
- offering free trials where payment details are required for a postage fee, and then much larger payments are processed if the trial is not cancelled within a very short timeframe.
- dating and romance where scammers take advantage of people looking for romantic partners, often via dating websites, apps or social media by pretending to be prospective companions. They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details.
If you suspect someone is trying to scam you, or you find yourself the victim of a scam, contact us on 132 888 immediately so we can take precautions to protect your account. Information on scams, and methods used by scammers, can be found at scamwatch.gov.au.