Scammers continue to fleece unsuspecting victims
The scamming industry is creative – different opening lines via telephone and emails appear daily.
Every scammer needs to deceive the unsuspecting person by appearing genuine.
One of the simplest is to use a genuine email address to request a routine payment to a different bank account. Once payment is made, the funds disappear.
The best defence to intercept scammers is to educate yourself:-
- Know who you’re paying, contact the payee directly using a trusted contact number and ask the payee to provide the invoice amount, their BSB and account numbers to verify the payment details, especially for first time payments
- Check if anything in the email looks unusual, like the tone of the email, grammar, or spelling
- Consider if the request for payment makes sense. Email addresses can look authentic, so its important to check carefully for anything unusual such as extra characters or strange domain names
- If there’s any reference to urgency of payment in the email, be extra careful.
- Exercise great caution when opening any links. If you’re not certain, don’t click on it. Take the time to type an address from your own address book.
- If in any doubt, don’t act.