Top tips to avoid being scammed



  • Be extremely suspicious if you're asked for money for transport costs, communication, marriage-processing or medical fees for an online boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • If you're not sure that the person on the other end of the phone is legitimate, hang up and call the organisation using independently verified official contact details.
  • Always check the address bar to ensure the URL is legitimate.
  • Never enter your credit card or private login details on a site you reached by clicking a link from an email. Always go to the correct URL yourself and log in from there.
  • Make sure your computer is protected with regularly updated antivirus and anti-spyware software.
  • Be wary of sharing personal, credit card or banking details over the phone, unless you've made the call or the phone number came from a trusted source.
  • Be aware of common spelling, grammatical or language errors in emails.
  • Never give an unsolicited caller remote access to your computer.
  • Never make your tax file number publicly available – on your resume for example.
  • Report scams to scamwatch.gov.au or by calling 1300 795 995.

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