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Warning for 1.5 million bank customers: 'Please remain vigilant'

Scammers are impersonating AMP and contacting Aussies.

AMP scam
AMP customers have been urged to watch out for fake messages claiming to be sent by the bank. (Source: Getty/AMP)

More than a million AMP customers are being urged to look out for scam messages claiming to be sent by the bank.

Scammers have been impersonating the bank on Instagram and contacting Aussies, telling them they have won a competition.

“Congratulations! You’ve been randomly selected as a #AMPSWEEPS 2023 winner,” the message claiming to be from AMP reads.

It then asks the recipient to give over their phone number and identification, such as a driver’s licence, to confirm their identity and receive the $1,000 prize money.

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And it’s not just AMP customers who are being targeted. In the message, the scammer tells the recipient they can also sign up for an AMP bank account within 24 hours to claim the prize.

It then puts time pressure on the recipient and tells them they will select another winner after 24 hours if they don’t hear back.

AMP warned customers about the scam on its official Facebook page.

“Please remain vigilant - we’re aware of an active scam impersonating AMP on Instagram,” the bank said.

“If you're concerned that you may have been targeted by this scam, please contact us at 13 30 30 or send us a private message on our Facebook or our official Instagram @amp_au so we can help.”

Aussies can also visit AMP’s security alerts page for more information on current scams.

Aussie lose $96 million to scams

Aussies have already lost more than $96 million to scams this year, according to the latest Scamwatch data.

The biggest money losses have been from investment scams ($63.6 million), followed by dating and romance scams ($5.4 million), phishing scams ($5.3 million) and jobs and employment scams ($5.2 million).

Social networking sites like Instagram and Facebook are popular among scammers, with more than $21.5 million of losses coming from these sites.

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