Be vigilant: Scamwatch releases 3 warnings in 3 days

Nov 19, 2021
Scams are rampant, with Scamwatch releasing many warnings in recent days. Source: Getty

Scamwatch, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) website designed to provide information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, avoid and report scams, has warned Australians this week about a plethora of new text-message scams that impersonate real people and real businesses.

The first scam they warned of attempts to lure victims to invest in fake bonds by impersonating a real person and a real business. Scamwatch posted the details to Twitter on November 19, saying:

One Twitter user said they had received this very text “about a month ago”.

Another scam tries to trap people in Ponzi schemes by appearing to recruit workers for well-paying jobs. Scamwatch tweeted about this on November 18, saying:

The final scam that Scamwatch warned of, is one that involves the interception of invoices. Scammers are allegedly inserting their own bank details into the payment sections to redirect payments to themselves, rather than to the original location.

Scamwatch posted the details on Twitter on November 17, saying:

Tips to avoid being scammed:

  1. Never click on a link sent to you from a number you don’t know.
  2. Not answering calls from unknown numbers.
  3. Blocking any sender with a call, email, or text that seems suspicious.
  4. Check invoice payment details against previous invoices where possible.

Have you encountered any of these?

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