They're the new high-tech scams to watch out for in 2013.
A Current Affair lists the cruel cons targeting families and reveals how to protect your identity and money.
People have been known to pose as the Australian Federal Police, as well as officials from Microsoft, the Australian Tax Office, courier companies and even charities.
Ways to protect yourself:
— Use strong passwords to protect personal information
— Limit personal information on the internet
— Keep your financial information private
— Never open spam or unsecure websites.
If you have been scammed, report it by via SCAMwatch.