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Types of scams

The types of scams that Scamwatch covers.

Constantly changing

Scammers are constantly coming up with new ways to scam. It's their day job. It could be taking money for goods that don’t exist. Or tricking you into giving them access to your PC. There are countless ways scammers may try to draw you in.

Tell tale signs

The good news is you’re less likely to fall for a scam if you can spot some of the usual signs. Most scams follow basic patterns. This section lists the hallmarks of different types of scams.

Do your homework

You have less chance of being scammed if you do some research before handing over your cash. Do an online search of the company or person’s name with the word ‘scam’ after it. It may bring up stories of other people who have experienced the same scam.

Last updated 23 November 2012

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