To recognise scams and hoaxes
Scams & hoaxes
Sadly, we often see examples of customers who have fallen victims to scams and hoaxes. These can be from as little as $20 to tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Scams and hoaxes come in many different ways, such as spam emails, chain letters and even telephone calls from people claiming to be representatives of government departments, financial institutions or other businesses.
The best way to protect yourself from falling victim to scams and hoaxes is to build your awareness and learn as much as you can about the different ways that criminals try to trick you.
If there is one piece of advice that stands head and shoulders above any other when it comes to scams and hoaxes it would be this.
If an offer sounds too good to be true, it usually is too good to be true
How to spot a scam or hoax email
We cannot list every single scam or hoax that currently exist, however we have provided some common examples below to help you build your awareness.
Phishing (pronounced “fishing”)
TIP – If in doubt, type www.hccu.com.au into your internet browser and start from our home page
TIP – involvement in schemes like this can be deemed as money laundering and you may find yourself needing to prove your innocence to authorities.