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Aussies put on notice ahead of Father's Day

·Personal Finance Editor
·2-min read
Father's Day: A composite image of a person holding $50 notes and a father and son playing on a tablet together.
Aussies are being warned about scammers this Father's Day. (Source: Getty)

Father’s Day is on Sunday, and while we may love spoiling our dads, others are taking advantage of the special occasion for more nefarious reasons.

Security Awareness Advocate at KnowBe4 Jacqueline Jayne said there are a number of scams that are more common around this time.

The scams range from fake gift cards to bogus delivery company emails so Jayne warned Aussies to stay alert.

Here are the four main scams doing the rounds this Father’s Day.

1. Discounted vouchers or gift cards

A popular retail scam is big discounts on gift cards.

“Don’t fall for offers from retailers or social media posts that offer phony vouchers or gift cards paired with special promotions or contests,” Jayne said.

“Only shop, online or in-store, at official or reputable places.”

2. Fake mobile apps

Apps can sometimes bypass controls built-in by the app store.

“Be wary of apps from unknown developers or those with limited/bad reviews,” Jayne said.

“Only use apps you know and trust and do your research before downloading a new app.”

3. Bogus shipping or delivery

Jayne warned Aussies will see an increase of emails and SMS notifications from Australia Post, DHL, FedEx and more.

“Some of these will be fake and will ask you to click on a link or enter personal details to ‘fix the delivery issue’ or ‘confirm the delivery address’,” Jayne said.

“Only refer to official sites to confirm or track deliveries. If in doubt, call them.”

4. Amazing Deals

“Remember that when a ‘special offer’ sounds too good to be true, it usually is,” Jayne said.

“There will be an increase of fake ads in the lead up to Father’s Day such as ‘Last One’- ‘FREE for the next 5 subscribers’ - ‘Only 4 left in stock’.

“Never click on links in emails or popup ads on websites or social media pages with very deep discounts or seemingly incredible offers.”

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