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Scamwatch Advises Australians Lost $500 Million In 2018


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The latest Scamwatch report which advises that Australians lost $500 million to scams last year.

Thankfully none of it was my money.


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Likewise. Also got the email this morning. Alas, I have a friend who is likely to succumb to a scam, she’s always looking to make a quick buck, and whilst the “Nigerian” scam doesnt work on her, any of the others might, especially as they become more sophisticated.


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Which is both surprising ans concerning. There are some good websites that gives one information on how to avoid scams, such as:




Unfortunately humans have built in curiosity, greed and ability to readily trust others, which gives the scammers the ability to have some success with many of their scam.

One thing I do is with elderly friends and family, I often discuss emerging scams and what they should do if approached. Hopefully this allows them to question cold contacts and also prevent them from also being scammed.


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Just got a Text on my Mobile: " Your mobile number is selected as winner of £6,500,00 on Bet 365 Promo
Go to (an URL was given) to claim…"
I hope they are not holding their breath!


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I posted regarding this scam on 24.03.2019.

They try to get the recipient to pay a huge sum for processing the “winnings”.

I did reply to them but I cannot post my response here.

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Apparently we share a winning ticket reference number! :thinking:


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Wow. It must be my lucky day as I received an SMS this morning.

“Hi,Your Mobile No is Selected as winner of £6,500,000 on BET365 Promo.
Go to wwwjan36net to claim enter Ref. BET36519AU. Helpline:info365(AT)europe(DOT)com”

And I don’t even have a betting account with BET365 or anyone else.

Hopefully I will still receive my winnings despite what I advised them to do.

PS. Dots removed from URL link for safety.

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#11

Go on Fred, claim your prize, and let us know how you go :wink:


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Nope. But you are welcome to claim it instead and I have posted another lucky winner’s story below for your bebefit.

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If the courier company wanted up to £690 to deliver £2,000,000 to the winner in the article I posted above, then they would probably want to charge me around £2,240 to deliver my £6,500,000 winnings.

I can’t understand why they would want to deliver the prize money in bank notes in this day and age.

I would have thought that they would have simply asked me for my bank account details including the login details and password.

Would have been much quicker and cheaper.

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I just received another text message advising my mobile number has been selected as the winner of £6,500,000 in the “Donation”.

This is after I won £6.,500,000 in February this year, £2,750,000 last year and £1,750,000 in 2017

When I researched the scam earlier this year, it operated by demanding “winners” pre-pay some ridiculous amount for the courier charges to deliver the “winnings”.

I am positive I posted details of the previous scam here in February, but after searching high and low, I cannot locate it.

Needless to say, I responded with my standard scammer reply which I cannot post here without upsetting Brendan.