Inheritance scam alert

News story:
We have become aware that someone claiming to be from the Department of Finance is contacting members of the public suggesting they are owed money through an inheritance.

The Department of Finance does not release inheritance payments (example of the inheritance payment scam (PDF; 428KB)) and would not verify its recipients. 

If you get correspondence or a call like this, we recommend you report it via the Department of Commerce scamnet website.

You can also call the Consumer Protection's advice line: 1300 30 40 54

Page reviewed 2 September 2019


14 September 2017