Every year, thousands of Australians are targeted by scams, whether it be online, via phone, mail or even in person.
Australian Community Media has compiled a list of current scams identified on sites such as scamwatch.gov.au, www.cyber.gov.au and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s website dedicated to informing people about fraudulent and dishonest activities.
Scammers pretend to be Australian Federal Police
- Police have received reports of scams involving fake Australian Federal Police (AFP) representatives targeting vulnerable members of the community, according to Scamwatch.gov.au.
- Some scammers are falsely identifying themselves as a Federal Agent and telling victims they have identified suspicious activity linked to their bank accounts. They then request personal details, including a Medicare number, address, and bank details.
- The fake representatives ask their victim to deposit money into an AFP account.
- Scammers are also targeting people using email and social media with fake arrest warrants.
- The offenders then call their victims and demand payments ordering them to deposit money into a nominated bank account, transfer crypto currency, or purchase online vouchers.
- Some scammers ask their victim to meet in public to hand over money, or ask them to withdraw funds from their…