Common scams you should know about

Scammers are pretty good these days. Whether it is on the phone, online or via text message, scammers are getting very good at tricking their victims. Scammers often catch people off guard with realistic looking messages when they least expect it. Scammers often have the goal of gaining money from their victims, or gaining their login details to something like a bank account so that they can then get money out.

Banking scams are some of the most common scams out there. Scammers know that if they can get access to someone’s bank account, they could potentially gain access to all of their money. Many of the major banks do have sections on their websites where customers can read news about currently known scams. Here is a list of links to the big 4 banking websites and their scam pages. If you are a customer of one of these banks, it might be a good idea to bookmark the page and check it regularly. If you happen to receive a suspicious message you can check these sites pages to see if it’s a known scam, or you can even report it to the bank yourself.

Banking scams aren’t the only ones out there, although they are popular, scammers know there are lots of other ways that they can trick someone into sending their sensitive personal details. Here are some other recent scams:

As you can see from the stories above, scams can appear from almost anywhere. If you believe that messages you are receiving from a company are suspicious it’s best not to respond to them.  Don’t engage with something that may be a scam if you are feeling unsure about it, doing so may put you at risk. Also, don’t feel pressured by scammers messages. Contact the company directly yourself and report the message.

Below are some examples of real scams that were 100% fake, but yet, they were used to trick many Australians into handing over money or sensitive personal information. We must all be very careful out there. Always check the source of where the message has come from before responding.

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