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.

ATO text refund scam

Scammers are impersonating the Australian Tax Office and sending text messages saying “you are due to receive an ATO refund of $3742.11AUD” and includes a link to a website.

The ATO never send texts or emails with links to log on directly to online services. If you receive this message, delete it.

Flubot scams ramp up

  • Scamwatch has advised that flubot scams, those that trick you into downloading malicious software to your device, are adapting in an attempt to steal your personal information.
  • Since August, Australians have been getting scam text messages about missed calls, voicemails or deliveries. Scamwatch has received more than 12,000 reports of these scams.
  • Scam text messages or a voice message ask you to tap on a link to download an app to track or organise a time for a delivery. The message is fake. Following a link like this may infect your device with malware that can steal your contacts and banking information.
  • Scammers are frequently updating the Flubot text message format. Starting in September, many Flubot messages now talk about a delivery. Unlike earlier Flubot…

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