FRAUD Caller: Social Research Centre
Looks legit actually.The number is listed as one of the numbers they use to contact people.
Members of the public have reported to us that they have been contacted by scammers pretending to be from the Australian Institute of Family Studies.
We are concerned that a scammer may be trying to trick members of the public into paying money or providing personal information.
The Institute conducts telephone interviews for research projects from time to time. But usually we make contact with people we intend to interview by mail first, so telephone calls are not made ‘out of the blue’.
If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Australian Institute of Family Studies, ask them their name, the name of the research project they are calling about, and the name of their supervisor. Then tell them that you would like to check their identity and call us on 1800 352 275.
If the caller is unwilling to assist you to verify their identity, you should hang up and report the call to us on our 1800 number above.
The Australian Institute of Family Studies will never:
ask you to pay money or receive a payment from us
ask you to provide personal information, such as your tax file number (TFN) or credit card number, over the phone, or via email or SMS
ask you to pay money into a personal bank account
direct you to download files from the internet, or open attachments in unsolicited emails.
What to do if you suspect a scam
If you think you are a victim of a scam because you are contacted by someone claiming to be from the Australian Institute of Family Studies, phone us on 1800 352 275 (9.00am–5.00pm, Monday–Friday). You should do this as soon as possible.
If you receive a suspicious email claiming to be from the Australian Institute of Family Studies, do not click on any links, open attachments or respond to the sender.
Forward the entire email to AIFS enquiries without changing or adding any additional information and delete from your inbox and sent folder.
Outside of work hours
If you wish to report a scam outside Australian Institute of Family Studies working hours, you can do so via Scamwatch.
If you have been impacted by cybercrime you can report this through the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN).
You should also contact your bank or financial institution if you think a scammer has your credit card details.
Conducting surveys, they ask for your bank details and pin code. Caller: text message
This is a message on behalf of all Australian policing agencies. The Social Research Centre will call you in the coming days to see if you can take part in an important study on safety and crime in your area. Reply '1' if you are 18+,'2'2 if you are under 18 or '3' to opt out.
Pretty sure this is a scam. I have not responded to this in any way.
Caller: Scumbag scammers
Just got this text:
Dear (my name), a note from the Social Research Centre to please tell us about your short course and shape the future of training in Victoria. The Victorian Department of Education and Training would like your feedback on the course you did in 2019, even if you didn't complete. Go to http://src.is/2393t9ya4p81 to complete the survey - takes 5 to 10 mins! Complete now for your chance to win great prizes! For more info: ssat @ srcentre.com.au or 1800 799 841. Reply STOP to opt out
I didn't click the links but Googling the number led me here.
a note from the Social Research Centre to please tell us about your Certificate III and shape the future of training in Victoria. The Victorian Department of Education and Training would like your feedback on the course you did in 2019, even if you didn't complete. Go to http://src.is/2393wu6ej681 to complete the survey - takes 5 to 10 mins! Complete now for your chance to win great prizes! For more info: ssat @ srcentre.com.au or 1800 799 841. Reply STOP to opt out
research.....survey......scam!! https://aifs.gov.au/scam-warning Sending scam sms messages - pretending to be gov Caller: Text/sms
Research Survey 65 or younger etc
yep - its a scam. Text message
This is a message from the Social Research Centre on behalf of the Australian Institute of Family Studies. you are invited to take part in an important study about the treatment of older people. Reply ‘1’ if you are aged 65 or over. Reply ‘2’ if you are under 65. For further information or to opt out call 1800 083 037
Caller: not sure,
Social Research Centre, left strange message, I say scammers. can only 'opt out' by RINGING a number, NOT TEXTING ??
Can confirm this number is a scam
12 complaints this year
12 total complaints
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Anonymous on +61 1742141238
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