Avoiding scams

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What is a scam?

Scams are schemes designed to deceive you, generally for the purpose of stealing your money or personal details.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Scams have increased during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This includes scams that appear to come from trusted sources such as government agencies and media outlets.

Protect yourself against online scammers, by following these quick tips:

  • Do not reveal personal or financial information in emails, and do not respond to emails asking for this information.
  • Use trusted sources—such as legitimate, government websites—for up-to-date, fact-based information about coronavirus (COVID-19). See:

Verify a charity’s authenticity before making donations: acnc.gov.au/charity To learn more about current coronavirus (COVID-19) scams, visit Scamwatch.

Fake tradies

Some scammers go door-to-door, offering cheap deals for 'today only'. For more information about these fake tradies (also known as travelling con men), and tips to avoid them, visit our Fake tradies page.

Protect yourself and others

Protect yourself from migration fraud by visiting the Department of Home Affairs website.