by S Lowe 5THE FMnewsonline wattlerangenow
Travellers on working holidays to Australia are being warned of fraudulent job advertisements in recent months claiming to offer vineyard work in Penola.
A number of offences have been reported to Penola Police where people have responded to advertisements in Melbourne, and been required to send money in advance for uniforms.
When the would-be workers have arrived in Penola there have been no uniforms and no jobs.
Victoria Police have arrested one man and charged him with six counts of deception.
South Australia Police would like to remind the wider community that scams target a wide range of people in differing ways.
For more information about scams, or to report one, please check out the SCAMwatch website at http://www.scamwatch.gov.au
SCAMwatch’s Golden Rules to avoid being scammed:
• If it looks too good to be true – it probably is.
• ALWAYS get independent advice if an offer involves significant money, time or commitment.
• Remember there are no get-rich-quick schemes: the only people who make money are the scammers.
• Do not agree to offers or deals straight away: tell the person that you are not interested or that you want to get some independent advice before making a decision.
• You can contact your local office of fair trading, ASIC or the ACCC for assistance.
• NEVER send money or give credit card or online account details to anyone you do not know and trust.
• Check your bank account and credit card statements when you get them. If you see a transaction you cannot explain, report it to your credit union or bank.
• Keep your credit and ATM cards safe. Do not share your personal identity number with anyone. Do not keep any written copy of your PIN with the card.
Please share this information with anyone you know who might be at risk
Source: Premiers Dept