Protect yourself against scams

Scam. It’s a word that you hear in the media, and something that you hope will never happen to you. The truth is that no one is immune from falling victim to a scam; everyone is vulnerable.

At CQUniversity, we want all of our students to have a safe, happy, and enjoyable experience during their study journey. Whilst we encourage you to have fun, learn, and make the most of new opportunities, we also encourage you to be vigilant about your personal safety and security; be cautious about the information you share online, and question anything that does not seem right.

With scammers getting smarter, the best way to protect yourself is through awareness and education. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has some great resources and information about the different types of scams and advice on how to protect yourself from scams.

In light of recent scams targeting students, we would like to stress that students should only ever pay fees direct to CQUni and/or through MyCentre; never pay anyone else so that they can pay us.

If you think you have been targeted by a scam, you can report it to the ACCC via the Report a scam webpage, and contact your local police.

If you have been affected by a scam and need support, CQUni Student Counsellors are available to assist you with personal counselling services. To self-refer and arrange a face-to-face or phone appointment, contact counselling@cqu.edu.au or phone 07 4930 9456.

International students can also contact internationalsupport@cqu.edu.au for assistance.

Ashleigh Truscott (https://cqunilife.com)

I am a CQUni alumnus, who graduated back in 2010. Straight after graduating, I took a job in media, and later returned to CQUni working full-time as Student Communications Assistant. I remember all too well the panic fuelled ‘all-nighters’, getting lost on campus, confusion over systems, and the general feeling of being unsure. I'm excited to share my experiences and provide some insights into university life.


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