Don’t get caught out by scammers: stop and check, ‘is this for real?’.

21 May 2018

National Scams Awareness Week (NSAW) is an annual initiative led by the Scams Awareness Network to raise awareness and help the community confidently identify scams.

The ACCC reports that there are many different types of scams. Scammers can claim to be from government departments or trusted, well known businesses and typically seek personal information or financial payment over the phone.

To recognise the importance of NSAW, government agencies are working collaboratively to encourage all Australians to be on the look-out for scams and remember that if contacted unexpectedly to stop and check 'is this for real?'.

As new scams arise, it's important to be prepared with the right information to confidently identify a scam and take the appropriate action to ensure personal information remains protected.

If you are contacted out of the blue from someone you don't know, take precautions.

Here are some quick tips to keep in mind if you think it might be a scam:

Top five tips to avoid scammers. 1—Never give out personal information. 2—Double check contact details through independent source. 3—Don’t be tempted to click links. 4—Hang up, and call organisations back on a verified number. 5—Visit www.scamwatch.gov.au.

For more information on protecting yourself from scams or to report a scam visit the Scamwatch website or join the conversation online by following #ScamsWeek18 on Twitter.