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Latest scams

We're working all the time to better safeguard your financial and personal information.
To help better protect you against scams, this page will provide information on some of the scams around at the moment.

More information on scams:

Scam emails

Click here to read more about some recent scam email examples reported to us

Phone scams alert

Fraudsters don't only strike online. There's been an increase in phone scams where the caller claims to be from a reputable organisation offering to assist with a computer issue.

They then attempt to take control of, or access your computer.

Do not allow this under any circumstances; just hang up.

Also, be particularly vigilant if you’re asked to disclose any Online Banking sign-in details or Westpac Protect™ SMS Code sent to your mobile. Again, just don’t do it.


Click here to read about a real life scam scenario customers have reported to us

Protect your SMS code like you would a password or PIN

Disclosing your Westpac Protect SMS code - or any Westpac Online Banking access codes - to others contravenes our Terms and Conditions. Doing so may find you liable for any losses due to fraud on your account.

Other recent phone scams involve hoax callers claiming to be bank employees, who then request customer account or personal details. For better protection from phone scams:

  • Keep all access codes (e.g. ATM password, card PIN, Online Banking password, Westpac Protect™ SMS Code we send to your mobile) secret and secure. We’ll never ask for this information over the phone or on email.
  • If you're unsure, ask for a reference number and call back on a trusted number (i.e. phone book) to confirm if the call was genuine
  • Never give a stranger remote access to your computer
  • Do not give out your personal, account or online details unless the phone number comes from a trusted source
  • Keep your computer protected by running and updating security software purchased from trusted sources
  • If you think you've fallen for the scam, contact us immediately on 132 032.

SMS scams

The following is a recent SMS scam example reported to us.

Malicious software alerts

The following are recent examples of some signs that your machine may be infected with malicious software such as a trojan or virus.