Every year, thousands of people lose money to telephone scams — from a few dollars to their life savings. Don't be a victim!
Scammers will say anything to cheat people out of money. Some seem very friendly - calling you by your first name, making small talk, and asking about your family. They may even claim to work for Hume Bank!
If you get a call from someone you don’t know, who is trying to sell you something, asks for personal information (like your credit card or banking details) or demands payment for an unknown debt, hang up immediately! It is likely to be a scam.
If you find that you have been a victim of these scams or have provided personal information or banking details, please contact us immediately.
Recent Phone Scams:
- Immigration Scam - The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning migrants to watch out for scammers pretending to be from the ‘Department of Immigration’, threatening deportation and demanding money.
- Government Grant Scam - Scamwatch is warning Australian consumers and small businesses to take extra care when seeking government grants and to be suspicious of unsolicited offers of money in the form of government grants.
- Senior Citizen Scams - Scams target people of all ages and backgrounds, however, some scams are more likely to target older demographics.Common scams targeting seniors include Dating & Romance scams, Inheritance scams, Investments Schemes and scams relating to unexpected prizes or lottery wins.
- Investment Schemes - Investment schemes involve getting you or your business to part with money on the promise of a questionable financial opportunity! Common scams include Investment cold calls, Share promotions and hot tips, Investment Seminars and Superannuation scams.
For more information on current phone scams, visit the Scamwatch website.