What to look out for
Here are some tricks scammers use when contacting you, to make you think you’re dealing with someone you know:
- they copy real profiles
- they hack into legitimate profiles
- they send phishing (scam) messages using legitimate-looking brands, logos or contact details.
Once they’ve won your trust, scammers prey on your emotions to pressure you into making a decision quickly, and to hand over your personal information and money – with no intention of giving you anything in return.
If you think you’ve been scammed, don’t feel embarrassed or helpless. Head to our Get Help page for steps you can take quickly to protect yourself from further harm, report the scam, or seek assistance if you’ve been the victim of identity theft.