How to Avoid Being Scammed Online

Australians lost a record $95 million to scammers in March 2022. This is the greatest sum of money reported lost to scammers in a single month so far.

May 09, 2022

Phishing email was by far the most reported method by which Australians were scammed last month, more than three times higher than the second most reported scam (online shopping).

Investment scams made up a huge percentage of reported money lost making up almost 80% of the total loss.

Scamwatch tips to avoid being scammed online

- Be alert to the fact that scams exist
- Know who you're dealing with
- Do not open suspicious texts, pop-up windows or click on links or attachments in emails – delete them
- Don't respond to phone calls about your computer asking for remote access – hang up
- Keep your personal details secure
- Keep your mobile devices and computers secure
- Choose your passwords carefully
- Review your privacy and security settings on social media
- Beware of any requests for your details or money
- Be wary of unusual payment requests
- Be careful when shopping online.