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Tips to help protect yourself from financial scams | An AustralianSuper Editorial

February 2, 2023

Scams are on the rise in Australia1. As one of your biggest investments, super is often a target for scammers.

Common types of scams to look out for include:
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Email
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Text message
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Phone call
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Voicemail
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Mail
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Applications or online platforms, such as dating or social networking.

 

Scammers are always finding new ways to target your assets and identity. They can take a sophisticated approach, appearing to come from a legitimate business 鈥 even using official-looking logos and addresses. They鈥檒l often:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Say they鈥檙e from your super fund, bank, or a government agency
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Ask for personal information
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Offer help, such as withdrawing your super. This might be as one lump sum to an account that doesn鈥檛 belong to you, or as a withdrawal to a SMSF.

 

Scams can occur any time throughout the year, However, there are some key moments to be especially alert, including when you鈥檙e:

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Expecting a delivery
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Trying to access your super
路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Making a large payment or transfer online.

 

Read the full article on how to protect yourself from financial scams here.

 

  1. gov.au statistics 1 January 鈥 19 September 2021
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