Scammers are very clever and they are constantly finding new ways to reach potential victims. Our tips below may help protect yourself, a friend or family member.
Simple advice to avoid becoming a victim:
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Do not let anyone pressure you into making decisions.
Scammers often try to create a sense of urgency so the recipient of the call will act impulsively. They do this through short deadlines, fake emergencies or threats of legal action.
Get a second opinion.
If someone is requesting money from you and you have any doubts, discuss it with a trusted and reliable third party.
Do not respond to emails and phone calls from strangers offering predictions on shares, investment tips, or investment advice. Always do your own research before you invest any money and check the company or scheme is licensed on ASIC's MoneySmart website.
Know who you’re dealing with. Don’t send money to someone you’ve never met in person. If someone approaches you on social media and you don’t know them, it may be a scam.
Cold call offering help with your computer.
If you receive a call claiming to be from Microsoft, Telstra or anyone else telling you your computer has a problem, it is likely to be a scam. Never allow anyone to remotely log into your computer.
Government agency calling.
Government agencies will generally write to you if you are entitled to money. If somebody calls you claiming to be from the Government offering you unexpected money, be cautious. Get enough information on the organisation and the caller and then find independent contact details so you can check the legitimacy of what you have been told.
Obtaining information from reliable and trustworthy sources is the best way to protect yourself from scams.
WA ScamNet and Scamwatch websites regularly publish updates on scams, how to avoid them and how to get help. Download the Scam Spotting fact sheet for advice. For information on how to protect yourself from investment scams, visit ASIC’s MoneySmart website. Subscribe to WA ScamNet email alerts and follow Consumer Protection WA on Twitter or facebook. You can also subscribe to Scamwatch Radars.
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