Fake rebate scams about
A SPIKE in fake rebate schemes was received in February by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and they warn people to be aware of calls from a fake government department claiming they are owed money.
An ACCC spokesperson said scammers had recently been offering a cheque worth $7000 or more claiming to be from the Department of Finance or other government organisation such as the Office of State Revenue.
"The scammer will demand an upfront payment and various pieces of personal information before the money can be provided," the spokesperson said.
They might claim there is money due because of a tax refund, bank fee rebate, one-off payment, investment return or even a bonus. Be on guard, protect yourself and report is the message from the ACCC.
Report scams to the ACCC via the SCAMwatch report a scam page or by calling 1300 795 995.