This article was drafted referring to the website of SCAMWATCH, which is run by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC), and the significant role of providing information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognize, avoid and report scams is played by that team. The key points of it are presented herein for your awareness.

Vishing

“Vishing attacks have increased significantly with more employees working from home” News alert (www.techradar.com) Vishing derives from ‘voice’ plus ‘phishing’. Phishing is a notorious way of cheating people with the use of emails, regular phone calls or fake websites to …

Money Laundering

Have you ever heard of black money? Most of you may say ‘yes’ and of course that money is called ‘black’ because the sources of earning them are totally illegal. They may be made through underworld activities, scams or other …

Scammers tempted people with quizzes

When you just browse internet, what if you find a small quiz like, “How many kids can you have? – Get to know” “Do you have royal blood? – Test now” “How intelligent are you? – Check” These types of …

Threats & extortion

Malware & ransomwareThreats to life, arrest or other

Attempts to gain your personal information

Identity theftPhishingHackingRemote access scams

Jobs & employment

Jobs and employment scamsPyramid schemes

Investment scams

Investment scamsBetting and sports investment scams

Buying or selling

Classifieds scamsOverpayment scamsHealth & medical productsFalse billingOnline shopping scamsPsychic & clairvoyantMobile premium services

Dating & romance

Dating & romance scams: Scammers use dating websites, apps or social media to catch people who look for romantic relationships pretending to be prospective companions, who play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details.

Fake charities

Fake charities scams: Scammers impersonate genuine charities and ask for donations or contact you to collect money for relief efforts after natural disasters. Source of the Image: https://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/17/tv/beware-of-fake-boston-bombing-charities-helpful-tips-you-should-know-before-donating/index.html

Unexpected winnings

Unexpected prize and lottery scamsTravel prize scams

Unexpected money

Inheritance scamsScams indicating that you possess a huge wealth to trick you into parting with your money or sharing your bank or credit card details. Read moreRebate scamsScams convincing you that you are entitled to a reimbursement from the government, …