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Trivia questions – scammer or not? Click on the question to see the answer 

Trivia questions – multiple choice

  1. The Scamwatch service records the number of scams and amount of money lost to scams. In the week of 5-11 November 2018, how much money was lost, and how many reports were made about Australian Taxation office impersonation scams:
    1. $1,800 lost and 5 reports
    2. $4,300 lost and 60 reports
    3. $12,085 lost and 250 reports
    4. $19,035 lost and 185 reports
  2. How much money did Australians lose to scammers in 2017 as reported to Scamwatch?
    1. $125 million
    2. $340 million
    3. $584 million
    4. $870 million
  3. How much money did Australians lose to scammers in 2017 in Investment scams as reported to Scamwatch?
    1. $7 million
    2. $18 million
    3. $64 million
    4. $93 million
  4. How much money did Australians lost to scammers in 2017 in Romance scams as reported to Scamwatch?
    1. $25 million
    2. $42 million
    3. $100 million
    4. $130 million
  5. What was the average amount a victim lost in 2017?
    1. $750
    2. $1,200
    3. $4,000
    4. $6,500
  6. What personal information should you disclose to someone who calls out of the blue that you do not know:
    1. Your full name and date of birth
    2. Your full name, date of birth and house address
    3. No personal information
    4. Your credit card details, date of birth, email address and email password
  7. You receive an email claiming to be from your bank or another trusted organisation asking you to update or verify your details. What should you do next?
    1. Delete the email
    2. Click the link
    3. Open the attachment
    4. Click the link and open the attachment

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Trivia questions – scammer or not

1) They are a scammer.

Centrelink will never ask you for money to get a payment or benefit, nor will they ask you to buy gift cards or vouchers or visit your home to give you a payment.

They will send you a letter if you owe them money. More information is on the Centrelink website.

2) They are a scammer

The Australian Tax Office says that these scam calls may appear to be from the ATO with a spoofed caller ID, it is important to remember that a legitimate caller from the ATO will never:

  • threaten you with arrest
  • demand immediate payment, particularly through unusual means such as bitcoin, prepaid credit cards or gift cards
  • refuse to allow you to speak with a trusted advisor or your regular tax agent
  • present a phone number on caller ID.

Never call a scammer back on the number they provide. If in doubt, independently locate a contact number for the organisation referenced in the call or email.

If you are in any doubt about an ATO call hang up and phone the ATO on 1800 008 540 to check if the call was legitimate or report a scam. Find more information on ATO scams on the ATO website.

3) They are a scammer

Telstra will notify you in writing about any technical fault that requires your attention.

4) They are a scammer

If you receive a phone call out of the blue from someone claiming to be from government and asking for money upfront to avoid deportation, just hang up. There is only one official Australian Government provider of visas: the Department of Home Affairs. If you have any concerns about your visa, contact them directly using their official contact details on the Department of Home Affairs website as well as find information on immigration and citizenship.

Be on guard – just because someone seems to have a lot of information on hand about you, it doesn’t mean that they’re the real deal. Scammers go to all sorts of lengths to get to know you, including collecting personal information online through websites and social networking forums.

For more information visit the Scamwatch website.

5) They are a scammer

Dating and romance scammers will express strong emotions for you in a relatively short period of time and will suggest you move the relationship away from the website to a more private channel, such as phone, email or instant messaging. They often claim to be from Australia or another western country but travelling or working overseas.

Scammers will go to great lengths to gain your interest and trust, such as showering you with loving words, sharing ‘personal information’ and even sending you gifts. They may take months to build what may feel like the romance of a lifetime and may even pretend to book flights to visit you, but never actually come.

Once they have gained your trust and your defences are down, they will ask you (either subtly or directly) for money, gifts or your banking/credit card details. They may also ask you to send pictures or videos of yourself, possibly of an intimate nature. Often the scammer will pretend to need the money for some sort of personal emergency.

For more information on romance scams visit the Scamwatch website.

Trivia questions – multiple choice

1) C.$12,085 lost and 250 reports

2) B. $340 million

3) C. $64 million

4) B. $42 million

5) D. $6,500

6) C. No personal information

7) A. Delete the email