A number of current scams have been identified in relation to carbon pricing.
Consumers and business are advised to be wary of phone calls offering carbon tax 'compensation', or fake websites seeking personal details.
How do they work?
The Australian Government will never call you to ask for your bank account details or to offer you carbon price compensation.
Government services are never paid via wire transfer.
Use the Australian Government website www.australia.gov.au as a safe portal for finding government services.
Be suspicious of calls which ask for personal, business or financial details. This could include:
asking for your bank account or personal details,
claiming you need to pay or transfer money to receive a compensation payment or tax payment, or
offering to sell you carbon credits or permits for a carbon pricing mechanism or emissions trading scheme.
How do I avoid scams?
Never provide or confirm your personal or business details over the phone unless you are making the call yourself, using details you found yourself that you trust.
If you are suspicious a call might be a scam hang up and check.
Use official contact details and reputable sources of information.
Be suspicious of phone numbers, email addresses or websites provided by the caller.
Never enter your credit card or banking details on a website without checking it's authentic and secure.
Legitimate websites which ask you to enter sensitive personal or business details should be encrypted to protect your information. Encrypted sites should use "https:" rather than "http:" at the start of the internet address (URL).
A https secure connection may also be indicated by a closed padlock (or unbroken key) icon at the bottom right corner of your browser window.
If the 's' is missing from 'https', or if there is an open padlock or broken key icon, your information may not be secure.
What if I find something suspicious?
If you think you have provided your account details to a
scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately.
Information on current scams is maintained at ScamWatch, a website provided by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Suspicious activity can also be reported to ScamWatch.
Are you a business?
Try to only do business with people and companies you know and trust.
Avoid having large numbers of staff authorised to create orders or pay invoices. Oversight and control of your accounts helps to minimise the risk of illegitimate transactions.
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