You should be wary if you receive any emails, letters, faxes, SMS and phone calls out of the blue, claiming to be from the Australian Financial Security Authority.
These could be scams designed to trick you into paying money.
How to report a scam
If you think you are a victim of a scam, phone us on 1300 364 785 (8.30am–8.00pm, Monday–Friday). You should do this as soon as possible.
If you wish to report a scam outside AFSA working hours, you can do so via Scamwatch. If you have been impacted by cybercrime you can report this through the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN).
Email and letter scams
The emails and letters claim to come from AFSA and usually include the AFSA logo and addresses. They may appear to be signed by Directors or Assistant Directors from the agency.
These emails and letters can differ in appearance and level of sophistication. They generally state that you are required to make a payment in order to approve the transfer of large sums of money into the victims’ bank account. These scams are designed to trick you into paying money.
Below is an example of a hoax letter. We’ve highlighted the aspects that identify it as a scam.
Key indicators that this is a scam include:
- Poor grammar
- Spelling errors
- Use of all capital letters
- Figure in USD
- Red text