ACMA issues warning on scams in wake of floods

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has warned that scammers are trying to cash in on the Flood Relief Appeal

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) today issued a warning about scammers trying to take advantage of Australians' generosity in the wake of the devastating Queensland floods.

ACMA says it has received reports of fraudulent requests for donations via e-mail and SMS, and over the phone. In one case, spammers used text from a government Web site to make the request for donations look genuine.

The agency has warned people to look for messages coming from unknown or unusual phone numbers and e-mail addresses, misspelled messages or messages with poor grammar, and requests to donate using money transfers.

For more information visit www.spam.acma.gov.au.

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