Companies You Should Not Deal With to Avoid Being Scammed

According to Scamwatch and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Australians are set to lose a record $532 million to scams in 2019, so we’ve  put together a list of companies you should not deal with to avoid being scammed.

This year’s National Scams Awareness week theme, “Too Smart to Be Scammed”, encourages consumers to check their scams knowledge and to increase their protection and detection skills.

Companies To Avoid

Scamwatch is urging consumers to check ASIC’s list of companies you should not deal with. Scams can originate from both companies operating overseas and in Australia. If you receive a call or email from a company on this list, do not deal with them.

Even if a company or individual is not listed as unlicensed by ASIC, it’s prudent to continue researching the company and seek advise from a financial advisor before investing.

The businesses listed below have made unsolicited calls and emails to Australians and do not hold a current Australian financial services (AFS) licence or Australian credit licence from ASIC. Although new names are added as quickly as possible, this is not a comprehensive list.

Names recently added to the list (most recent at the top):

You can check the latest list of unlicensed companies on the Moneysmart website.

Tips to Help Identify Email Scammers

Our advice to help you identify potential email scams includes:

  • The Email Doesn’t Address You Directly: “It uses ‘Dear Customer’ or ‘Hi’
  • Bad Grammar: poor spelling and grammar are give-aways
  • Distorted Images: Are the images blurred or shabby?
  • Instructions to Click a Link: Hover over the link to see where it goes
  • Weird Origins: Is the email coming from HotMail, Gmail or non-Australian domain?
  • A Sense of Urgency: Is it rushing you to do something?
No One Is Too Smart to Be Scammed

Many people believe that they are too smart to fall for a scam, however, scammers are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and it’s this sense of consumer confidence that scammers target.

According to ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard, scammers have become professional businesses dedicated to ripping us off.

“They have call centres with convincing scripts, staff training programs, and corporate performance indicators their ’employees’ need to meet”.

She advises to be vigilant on social media, when online shopping and when answering the phone. Never give cold callers your personal and banking details or remote access to your computer, no matter who they say they are.

“Remember, anyone could fall victim and no one is ‘too smart to be scammed’. Always ask yourself, ‘could this be a scam?’ and if you’re ever in doubt, decline the contact or hang up the phone; it’s often the safest option,” Ms Rickard said.

The ACCC has also produced a series of videos with tips and tricks on how to spot a scam and test people’s awareness of scams. You can also find the full series on YouTube.

For expert scam prevention and a cyber security strategy for your business or information on outsourced IT support, please call us on 1300 478 738 or email us at

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About the author:

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Ash Klemm

Ash has over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing. His journey from a casual salesperson at Chandlers to State Manager at a national IT distribution company, while battling health issues, including a double lung transplant in 2015, gave him the experience, know-how, tenacity, and marketing insight, to find solutions and help businesses grow. After spending several years in the ivory tower of state management, Ash missed the genuine connection of face to face meetings and helping make a difference to businesses in need. His authentic, conversational, and easy-going nature helps our customers feel at ease and shows them we are a brand to trust. Ash spends his days advocating for our customers to ensure they receive the best possible service in a timely fashion. Ash is also the in house chair builder. His curiosity and natural problem-solving ability make him the perfect first call for all our new customers to help determine what is wrong, how Surety IT can help and what the best solutions are moving forward.
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