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Anybody can be scammed, and most people will be targeted at some point in their lives. Knowing what to look for and what to do if you’ve been scammed can help you stay safe or reduce the impact of a scam.
  1. What to do if you've been scammed
  2. Common scams and how to avoid them

What to do if you've been scammed


Current scam alert

Be on the lookout for money transfer scams. You could be asked to pay somebody in order to receive a large amount of money as a prize or inheritance but in reality scammers are trying to steal from you. Report the scam and reach out for support if you are a victim of a money transfer scam.

The best way to avoid being scammed is to have the right resources. This means knowing the warning signs of scams, what to do if you think you are being scammed and even how to support your friends or family who might be victims.

Scammers are constantly working on new ways to get money from their victims. This means so you can never be entirely safe but the right resources can give you a better chance of avoiding scams.

Act quickly if you’ve been scammed

If you have been scammed, or suspect that might be the case, act quickly. There are some steps you should immediately take to ensure that you are safe, your information and identity are secure, and your finances are protected.

The most important thing is to not panic. The information below can be used to reduce the further impacts of the scam and to help ensure your safety.

You should read our information about common scams that you might encounter and how to avoid them.


In emergencies or if you are in danger, immediately call 000 and ask to speak to the police.

In New South Wales you can call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 if you aren’t in danger but are in need of help or support.

If you’re on campus, you can contact our security team by calling 9351 3333. Our security officers are available 24 hours a day to offer immediate assistance. They can provide advice and are trained in first aid.

The Student Wellbeing team can provide help and support during business hours (9 am to 5 pm). 

Protect your finances

Stop sending money to the scammer immediately. If you aren’t sure if you’re being scammed, you should still stop sending money. Verify if the person you are talking to is legitimate first.

Contact your bank and tell them you’ve been scammed. They’ll be able to stop ongoing transactions and can cancel your bank or credit cards if necessary.

Scammers may have access to your identity so make sure you take steps to protect your identity if you’ve been scammed.

Being aware of currently circulating scams by checking your bank’s website and keeping an eye on the University’s scams information.

Banks have information available about current scams and the advice they want you to follow if you’ve been targeted. The major banks in Australia have information about scams on their websites:

Check your bank’s website for information about scams if it does not appear on the list above.

Protect your identity

If your identity has been stolen, or you have given out sensitive personal information, you should act quickly to prevent further problems. Information about your identity can be useful to scammers because it can be used for identity theft.

Contact IDCare, the national identity and cyber support service. They can help you limit any damage done by the scammers by offering dedicated support and case management.

Read the ID Support NSW Government website for information about breached identity documents. As part of this process you can get help with reissuing documentation.

If your identity has been stolen you should consider putting a ban on your credit report. This will help to prevent criminals from using your identity to issue credit cards or take loans.

Many pieces of information can be useful for scammers. You should be particularly cautious if the following documents have been lost, stolen, or provided to scammers:

  • Passport
  • Driver’s license
  • Government identity card
  • Birth, marriage and change of name certificate
  • Medicare card
  • Letters or utility bills addressed to you.

If scammers have access to these or similar documents you should contact IDCare or ID Support NSW.

Report the scam

Reporting a scam can be helpful. It can assist police and other investigators track down and prosecute the scammers. It also means that more information is available to warn other potential victims of the scam.

Get support

Being the victim of a scam can leave you feeling scared, isolated and paranoid. It will be helpful to have somebody to talk to about your experience and we have a range of health and wellbeing support services that you can make use of.

Last updated: 28 November 2023

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