Australians have lost over $300,000 to rental and accommodation scams this year, an increase of 76 per cent compared to the same time last year.
Scamwatch has received 560 reports of rental scams so far this year, an increase of 56 per cent, with many using tactics related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
These scams target people seeking new rental accommodation by offering fake rental properties to convince people into handing over money or personal information.
Phishing is a way that cybercriminals steal confidential information such as online banking logins, credit card details, business login credentials or passwords/passphrases, by sending fraudulent messages (sometimes called ‘lures’).
You can take steps to block malicious or unwanted messages from reaching you in the first place.