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Scams. Be Alert!

Remember the golden rule: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

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Scams cost everyone and anyone can be a target – you may already have been scammed.  Some are very easy to spot while others are so sneaky you may not know they are scams.

As part of a whole Government approach to combat consumer fraud and scams targeted at consumers, the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce was established in March 2005 and comprises governmental regulatory agencies and departments in Australia and New Zealand with a role in consumer protection.

How To Protect your:

Money

  • Never respond to an email asking you for your PINs or passwords.
  • Never send money to someone you don’t know or trust.
  • Only invest with licensed financial services providers.

Phone

  • Be suspicious of unexpected calls and text messages.
  • Hang up. Or text ‘STOP’ to unwanted messages.
  • Don’t give out your number to just anyone.

Computer

  • Keep your protection software up to date.
  • Don’t respond in any way to unsolicited emails.
  • If in doubt, delete.

Identity

  • Never give out your information to someone you don’t know or trust.
  • Don’t just bin it—destroy it (old bills, records or expired cards).
  • Check your credit report at least once a year.

To find out more about scams and to report scams visit www.scamwatch.gov.au or call 1300 795 995 For TTY service call 1300 303 609.

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