At 6am on a Sunday morning the phone rings. I was half asleep, which is of course part of the scam, but the conversation went something like this.
The West Australian government, on its ScamNet website, names Pacific Tycoon as “one example of an alleged sea container leasing Ponzi scheme”.
Getting conned by a financial predator could cost you thousands. Here’s how to tell if the person on the other end of the phone is a scammer.
Not only do ‘instant tax refunds’ take a chunk of your return, you could end up owing the ATO money.
Don’t fall victim to scammers this tax time. Learn to recognise a scam and don’t hand over your personal details or hard-earned cash, advises the ATO.
Scammers pretending to be from government agencies are targeting migrants and conning them out of thousands of dollars.
Rule No. 1: Never communicate off-site with your Airbnb host. Rule No. 2: Always follow rule no. 1!
If you’re shopping online and a deal seems too good to be true, it is probably a scam, warns the ACCC.