Tasmanians being urged to be alert to PayID scams

Elise Archer, Minister for Workplace Safety and Consumer Affairs

The Rockliff Liberal Government is working hard to protect Tasmanians from falling victim to scams.

Minister for Workplace Safety and Consumer Affairs, Elise Archer said Tasmanians are encouraged to be vigilant regarding an increase in PayID impersonation scams.

“Scammers are sending fake PayID emails to trick people who are selling items via online platforms,” Minister Archer said.

“Scammers pose as buyers and ask the seller if they can pay using PayID. Scammers will then ask the seller for their PayID email to complete the payment.”

“Scammers will then send a fake PayID email to the seller stating that there was an issue receiving payment and that the seller must first transfer funds in order to receive the buyer’s payment.”

“I want to stress to consumers that PayID is managed by your bank, so you will never be contacted directly.”

“If you’re unsure about an email or message, reach out to your bank and don’t make any payments, be wary of any requests for additional payments, and remember that you should never have to send money to receive a payment.”

“If you think you have been scammed, contact your bank or financial institution urgently,” Minister Archer said.

I also encourage consumers to report scams to the ACCC by visiting https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/report-a-scam.

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