Scams Awareness Week runs from 21–25 May 2018. Australians will be urged to be on the lookout for threat-based impersonation scams by taking a moment to ‘Stop and check: is this for real?’.
How these scams work
Scammers may pretend to be from a government agency or well-known company. Their aim is to scare you into parting with your money or personal information and if you don’t, they threaten you with fines, disconnecting your internet, taking you to court, arrest or even deportation.
Check the Scamwatch website to find out about the five main types of threat-based impersonation scams:
- Threats to life, arrest or other - these involve demands by scammers to pay money that you supposedly owe and threats if you do not cooperate
- Remote access scams - these try to convince you that you have a computer or internet problem and that you need to buy new software to fix the problem
- Phishing - attempts by scammers to trick you into giving out your personal information such as your bank account numbers, passwords and credit card numbers
- Identity theft - a type of fraud that involves using someone else's identity to steal money or gain other benefits
- False billing - these scams request you or your business to pay fake invoices for directory listings, advertising, domain name renewals or office supplies that you did not order
Reporting a scam and getting help