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The tricks scammers use to get peoples’ money


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Have you ever got a message saying you’ve won millions of dollars? You may have also got a message saying your Netflix account is about to be cancelled because your credit card details are wrong or you’re being recruited for a job you know nothing about.

These are just a few of the scams known to be doing the rounds, some of which are very clever.

For example, the ACCC has recently warned about a scam known as “Hey Mum”, where a fraudster pretends to be your child to get information out of you, like credit card details. They may say “Hey Mum, this is my new phone…” and trick the person into thinking it’s their child and not a stranger. The scam cost people more than $2 million in two months.

“It’s important to stop and think if you get a message, especially on WhatsApp, because chances are it’s not your family member or friend – it’s a scammer,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

As the video below shows, there are a few things you can do if you suspect a text, email or call is a scam, including deleting the message.

You can also report suspicious deals to the ACCC on 1300 303 143.

Source: ACCC © Commonwealth of Australia.

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