AustralianSuper: Helping protect your super from financial scams

Scammers are becoming more sophisticated, targeting you in ways that seem very convincing. Help protect yourself by knowing what to look out for in keeping your super safe.

Scams continue to increase in Australia, with Australians losing at least $3.1 billion to scams in 20221. And it’s investment scams making up the largest part of this amount at $1.5 billion1, with super one of the targets.

A common investment scam is a self-managed super fund (SMSF) phishing scam2. Scammers will call or email, posing as a financial adviser or representative of a SMSF. They promise high returns if you move super into their ‘fund’, requesting personal information which they can then use to access your account.

Spotting a scam
Scams can come in many forms and may target people by traditional mail, email, text messages or phone calls. Scammers will also use social media and other online platforms to target unsuspecting users.

Often scam messages look and sound legitimate, so it’s important to beware of attempts to gain your personal information and access to your financial accounts.

In addition to pretending to be from your super fund, bank, or a government agency, scammers will want you take an action like:

  • Clicking a link
  • Sharing access to your computer
  • Providing personal or financial information
  • Downloading a file

Scamwatch, run by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, has up-to-date warnings about common investment scams.

Get more tips to protect yourself from scams.




1 Targeting Scams - Report of the ACCC on scams activity 2022, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, April 2023.

2 ACCC Scamwatch website – Investment scams, October 2023

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