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Protect yourself from scams

Scams often start from a phone call, email or SMS – it’s important to learn how to identify common scams and what you can do to protect yourself.

Scams cost Australian consumers, businesses and the economy hundreds of millions of dollars each year and cause serious personal and emotional harm to victims and their families.

In 2022, combined scam losses reported to Scamwatch, banks and other government agencies amounted to $3.1 billion, up from over $1.8 billion in 2021. One third of victims do not report scams, so actual losses would have been well above this.

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How to protect yourself from scams

One in three Aussies have either lost money to a scam or know someone who has. How confident are you that you can spot a scam before it’s too late?

Here’s what you can do to keep yourself safe from scams.
Scams catch us out when our guard is down. If you open an email or a text, stop and think before clicking links or providing information. Remember the following to help keep you safe.

STOP – Don’t give money or personal information to anyone if you’re unsure.

Scammers will offer to help you or ask you to verify who you are. They will pretend to be from organisations you know and trust like Services Australia, police, government, your bank or a fraud service.

THINK – Ask yourself could the message or call be fake?

Never click a link in a message. Only contact us, businesses or government using contact information from their official website or through their secure apps. If you’re not sure, say no, hang up or delete.

PROTECT – Act quickly if something feels wrong.
If you notice unusual activity or if a scammer gets your money or information, visit www.bendigobank.com.au/security to report it and get support.

Common scams

PayID scams

PayID scams occur when fake or compromised social media profiles are used to convince buyers to use PayId.

Impersonation scams

These happen when scammers impersonate trusted identities to steal your money or personal information. We will never ask you to click on a link in an SMS to login to e-banking.

Money mule scams

A money mule refers to a person who receives illegally obtained money from someone into their account, then transfers it to another person or account.

Investment scams

Investment scams can occur when someone contacts you out of nowhere, either via phone or email. They include offers to make easy money with little or no risk.

Remote access scams

A scammer can contact you via phone, text, or email claiming to be from a company you may be familiar with in an attempt to convince you to give them access to your computer remotely. Never agree to provide a caller with remote access to your computer or phone.

Suspicious SMS scams

Messages that might include a link to direct you to a fraudulent website or ask you for your personal information or from someone pretending to be a family member who needs money.

Online shopping scams

Online shopping scams will pose as a buyer or seller and attempt to trick you into making a payment to them. 

Romance scams

Romance scammers will use their fake profile to try and steal your heart in order to obtain money or personal information.

Business email compromise

Scammers can intercept emails. Learn what to look out for and how to protect your business.

Cold calling scams

This is when scammers call customers and appear to have previous knowledge of the customer, usually based on falsified information. Sometimes an SMS is even sent prior to the call to try to establish extra credibility.

Sextortion

This is a form of online blackmail. 

3 steps to remember

  • Stop - don't give money or personal information to anyone if you're unsure.
  • Think - ask yourself, could the message or call be a fake?
  • Protect - act quickly if something feels wrong.

Contact us

Phone

If you have clicked on any suspicious links and entered your e-banking details:

Call 1300 236 344 (in Australia) or +61 3 5445 0666 (from overseas - standard international call charges apply)

Monday to Friday - 8am to 9pm AEST/AEDT*
Weekends (Saturday and Sunday) and some public holidays - 9am to 8pm AEST/AEDT

*Excludes Christmas Day

SMS

If you have received a suspicious SMS message claiming to be from us, you can forward it to 0429 557 997 for investigation. 

Please note you will not receive a personal response from 0429 557 997.

Email

If you have received any suspicious emails, you can forward them to us via email. 

Please note you will not receive a personal email response from us.

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