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Beware of scams from those posing as agents from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, fake energy account emails and text-based scams aimed at Netflix customers.

With the Census coming up, there has been a spate of phone and email scammers posing as agents from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

If you get one of these calls, it’s important to remember that the ABS will never ask you for personal information such as bank details or tax file numbers, says ABS spokesperson Andrew Henderson.

“If you receive such a call or email, it is important that you verify that you have been contacted by a legitimate ABS officer on the ABS’ official contact number 1300 135 070.

“Privacy is paramount when it comes to our surveys. They are conducted under the authority of the Census and Statistics Act 1905 and comply with the requirements of the Privacy Act 1988.”

Another scam that is doing the rounds is of particular concern to Netflix customers.

The Australian Media and Communications Authority (AMCA) have warned Netflix users to ignore a text message doing the rounds, urging subscribers to update their details. The SMS is fake and links to a realistic-looking Netflix login page designed to steal member’s credentials and banking details.

Another scam that’s been brought to AMCA’s attention are phishing emails from energy companies.

The email, titled “Your latest Gas and electricity Bill cannot be processed”, claims energy accounts will be disconnected on a certain date, it then encourages people to click through to give personal and credit card details.

The message is to always be wary of emails, phone calls and texts that ask you to provide personal details. When in doubt call the official number of the particular service provider and check with them directly, rather than click through or respond to unsolicited messages.


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