Protecting yourself from online Crime

Online forums and social media sites are great for keeping in touch with friends and family, but be careful about what information you put online and who you allow to see it.

Here are a few tips to protect yourself from online Crime:

  • Don’t accept friend requests or invitations from people you don’t know – you could be making yourself and your friends more vulnerable to scammers.
  • If something seems unusual or dodgy, ‘ask is this for real?’ – get a second opinion from a friend, staff member or family member.

Get help

If you think you’ve been scammed, don’t feel embarrassed or helpless – ask for help and protect yourself from further harm.

If you have been a victim of a crime (such as fraud) report it to your local police. If you need immediate support, ring emergency on 000.

You can also connect with university services:

Speak up

Contact Speak up, whenever you have safety or wellbeing concern for yourself or someone else, and you want confidential and free advice about what to do. Ring 03 9479 8988 or Email: or Submit the online reporting form (you have the option to remain anonymous)

International Student Services

Throughout your time at La Trobe, you’re always welcome to seek advice, information and support from the International Student Services (ISS) team. We can help you with academic, social, financial, cultural, and pretty much any issue you encounter. It’s important to seek help early if you experience any difficulties. Call us on (03) 9479 1199 or Ask a Question online. 24-hour student support hotline. If you need help after-hours (at night, during public holidays or on the weekends) call 24-hour student support hotline 1800 758 360 – we want to help you with anything you might be worried about.

For additional information on the different kinds of help available, visit Scamwatch and Staysmartonline.