Scams Awareness Week 21-25 May
This annual awareness-raising week (21-25 May) is urging all Australians to be on the lookout for threat-based impersonation scams. These scams are common and can often be traumatic for the victim. Typically, these scammers pretend to be from a government agency or well-known company. Their aim is to scare you into handing over your money or personal information and if you don’t, they threaten you with fines, internet disconnection, arrest or even deportation.
If you’re contacted unexpectedly and threatened by someone who says they’re from a government agency or trusted business, always consider the possibility that it may be a scam – then stop and ask - ‘Is this for real?’