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Common questions about scams and rip-offs

If your question is not in our list, then contact WA ScamNet.

Websites such as yours help provide information on how to beware using the internet and money. How do you raise awareness to people who have not heard of you?

Are there any patterns regarding the victims?  Elderly people who are not that experienced with the use of Internet for instance? Or rich business people?

How many scams do you prevent on average over a month, week or a year?

Has the increasing use of the internet over the nine years ScamNet has existed led to more scams?

Are most scams done over Internet?

How do I spot a scam?

I have received a letter that looks like a scam. What do I do with it?

Is it really worth sending information into WA ScamNet?

I keep receiving mail from companies advertising goods for sale or competitions to enter. I don’t want to receive this mail. How did they get my details and how do I stop them from sending it to me?

I get a lot of scams sent via email? What can I do?

Why does my bank want my account details and password? Shouldn’t they already have it?

The letter says it is legal and approved by a government department? Does this mean it is okay?

If I don’t send the money straight away, I will miss out on the offer. Should I send it?

The author says he wants to share his secrets to make money with me. Is this all right?

I have heard a lot about identity fraud, what is it? How do I protect my credit card and bank accounts from fraudulent activity?

What is Phishing?

What is a pyramid scheme? Why doesn’t it work?

What is the difference between a pyramid scheme and a multi level marketing scheme?