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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Always do your own research on a company before you deal with them. You should seek independent professional or legal advice so you are not relying solely on the information the potential scammer gives you.Check the company's Australian Financial Services (AFS) licence number if they are trying to sell you an investment opportunity. Do this by searching ASIC Connect's Professional Registers.Find out what an AFS Licence means.If the company does not have an AFS licence or says they do not need one, do not deal with them and report them to ASIC.You can also check ASIC's list of companies you should not deal with to see if they are on the list. in Australia scams Almost 92 thousand scams have been reported tothe ACCC by consumers and small buisnesses snapshot the finansial loss? More than $89 Million. Have you been scammed? Scamming comes in all shapes and forms.Here are just a few- *Banking and online account scams*--The last couple of decades have seen huge changes in how we do our banking and pay for goods and services. Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of new technology to generate a number of potentially very costly scams.*Dating & Romance scams*--Dating and romance scams try to lower your defencesby appealing to your romantic or compassionate side. They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details.*Health and medical scams*--These scams try to make money by exploiting people who have a medical condition or who are worried about their health. The scammers offer solutions or cures where none exist or promise to simplify complex health treatments.*identity theift scams*--Identity theft is a type of fraud which involves stealing money or gaining other benefits by pretending to be someone else. Having your identity stolen can be both financially and emotionally devastating.*investment scams (get rich quick etc..)*--Investment scams can come in many formsfrom an unexpected phone call offering an investment opportunity to an email encouraging you to buy shares that are about to go up based on 'secret' information. You could be offered early access to your super, gambling software or promised large tax deductions or refunds.*lottery and competition scams (fake prizes)*--Lottery and competition scams are delivered in many waysin person, over the telephone, through the post or by email. The scammer will tell you that you've won something substantial (such as a large sum of money or a great prize) and that all you have to do is send them money to claim the prize. *money transfer requests*--With the rise of internet banking it is easy to transfer money across the world in minutes. Unfortunately, this has also meant an increase in the number and types of scams that try to trick you into sending your hard-earned cash to overseas scammers.*online scams*--The rise of the internet has opened up the world to millions of people. It is now possible to do things that were unheard of only ten or even five years ago. You should report the scam to a government agency so you can find out about your rights and options. You can report a scam to SCAMwatch (the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) via The SCAMwatch Report a Scam online form use this form: www.scamwatch.com-report a scam-how to report a scam to SCAMwatch-link Think you've been scammed? If they avoid answering these questions, the deal they are offering you is probably a scam. Hang up the phone, do not respond to the email or stop dealing with the person. Even if they answer all these questions, be cautious and do your own checks on their answers. To check the legitimacy of someone making you an offer, ask them: ? What is your name and what company do you represent? ? What is your address? ? who owns your company? Remember:
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