The Australian Embassy Beirut is aware of several email scams targeting Lebanese nationals, in addition to nationals from other countries.
People called ‘scammers’ might try to get you to give them private information that could be used to steal your identity or trick you into paying them money.
Watch out for:
- emails sent from free web mail addresses, such as a Yahoo, Hotmail or Gmail accounts
- unexpected emails from strangers who are advertising a website – do not click on web links in these emails
- unexpected emails asking for personal information or emails with standard greetings, such as ‘Dear customer’
- offers guaranteeing you a job with a very high income.
Take the following steps to protect yourself against email and internet scams:
- check the web address. Australian Government websites end in .gov.au (for example, www.border.gov.au, www.eta.immi.gov.au)
- use our website to track the processing of your visa application
- never enter private information online unless the website is secure and you know who you are dealing with. Secure websites are locked. A locked website should:
have a padlock somewhere in the browser window (not in the web page display area). You can click on the lock to see details of the website’s security.
- Normally have a web page address that begins with https:// (there is an s after the http).
- A website that is not secure usually begins with http:// (there is not an s after the http).
If you are worried about a website, do a web search to see if anyone has reported any problems with it:
- visit the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s SCAMwatch radar web pages for details on the latest known scams - www.scamwatch.gov.au/
- When searching for a registered migration agent, use the Migration Agents Registration Authority search form.
- pn email address scam
The Department is aware of a scam that uses email addresses ending in '.pn' to contact people seeking to migrate to Australia
The scammer contacts the victim through a fake email address and claims to be from the Department, or another Australian Government agency. The email address used by the scammer is not a genuine departmental email address and ends in '.pn'.
Some of the emails received claim that the recipient has been selected for the ‘2014 Family Resettlement Program’ and have been received from the email addresses:
Please note that emails received from these addresses (or any other address ending in pn) are not sent by the Australian Government. The email addresses are in no way affiliated with the Australian Embassy or the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
email@example.com email scam
The Embassy has become aware of another scam involving the email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Victims claim to have received an email from this address guaranteeing a visa for Australia. Victims have reported paying substantial amounts of money to the sender in order to obtain a visa for Australia.
Systems checks have confirmed that no visa applications have been received by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for the victims.