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Most common scam calls and how to prevent them

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So far this year over 83,000 Australians have reported losing more than $52 million to scam phone calls. Watch out for these common scams.

There have been 214 million scam calls blocked since rules requiring telcos to detect, trace and block the nuisance calls were introduced in December last year.

More than half of the scams reported to ScamWatch are via phone.

So far this year over 83,000 Australians have reported losing more than $52 million to scam phone calls.

In particular, there are common phone scams being used in Australia.

One relates to the Australian Tax Office scam that involves people receiving calls that appeared to come from a legitimate phone number used by the ATO – which is called “overstamping” or “spoofing”. Telcos are using software to identify calls using ATO numbers and block them.

The Wangiri, which is Japanese for ‘one ring and drop’, sees victims receive a missed call, often from an international…

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