About Us

At Preston Coe & Ring it isn't just about the numbers, it is about you and what you want to achieve in life. We have a saying "Living for today, saving for tomorrow and protecting in between"; that really symbolises what we are about. We help our clients Live Life and guide them through the journey with our skills and expertise as trusted business advisors, accountants and financial planners.

If you are new and considering using Our Services please look at the Our Clients section. Here you will find some useful information and get an understanding of our culture. Like anything we enjoy working with like-minded people with whom we can really help. You will find some great client testimonials by clicking here.

If you have visited before welcome back and I hope you enjoy the visit.

How We Help

Starting Today

The start of the journey

Business & Accounting Tax

  • Xero
  • Tax Planning
  • Tax Returns
  • Financial Statements
  • Asset Protection Review
  • Risk Management

Individual Client information

  • Assets & Liabilities
  • Income and Expenses
  • Initial Goals
  • Estate Planning

Plan For Living Life

What you are aiming for

Budgets
Business Succession
LifePlan
When You're Gone Plan


Strategy Advice (Financial Advice)

  • SMSF
  • Insurance
  • Super
  • Property
  • Shares/Managed Funds/Gearing
  • Debt Reduction
  • Home Loans

Staying On Track

Measure, review, adjust

Business Management Reports
Board Strategy Meetings
Business Annual General Meeting
Business Succession
Asset Protection Review
Update Budgets
Update LifePlan
Review investment Strategy

Live Life

Like you dreamed it!

Holiday Plan
Family Goals
Upgrade House/Cars
Lifestyle Spending
Future Generation Planning

Testimonials

At the age of 35, I am currently in the worst financial position of my adult life. To get Myself into a better position, I knew things had to change.

After being referred to Peter Marmara-Stewart, I called him and asked for his help. He made the trip from Morwell to Frankston to see me. From the moment I met him, I knew he was going to be the one to not only help me escape my current financial position, but also be the one to help me towards my goal of financial freedom.

Peter is the depiction of genuine. It is evident he genuinely cares and wants to help people. Everything he does demonstrates that. I run a small business and compared with other businesses, Peter and his team help; I am small fish, yet Peter has a way of making me feel like I am his only client.

To Peter and the team at Preston Coe & Ring, thank you for helping me believe I can, not only get out of my current financial circumstance, but for also giving me the belief that I can achieve financial freedom.

I’d recommend Peter to anyone, no matter where you are in the world; he will make you feel like you are there with him in the same town.

Nicole Draper.

"Preston Coe & Ring's help with my tax and finances has made it less stressful and given me more free time for the things I enjoy."

Andrey Yuvchenko.

Preston Coe & Ring helps provide me predictability and new ideas to help with my finances, thus giving me security to have a better life.

Manoj Kumar.

“They make things simple & easy to understand; which makes life easy.”

Mark Calway.

“Going on the FASTTrack Business Success Program has had a substantial impact to my business. It got me to where I wanted to go a lot faster than I expected. Whilst I might have been able to learn and do some of these things myself, they would have taken a lot longer, a lot more effort and money to get it to where it is now. Having the weekly accountability created a fire under my seat to make sure I got done what needed to be done before our next weekly session.”

Michael Frazis.

Preston Coe & Ring make it easy to do tax and compliance as well as give good advice on major purchases like a car or business.

Michael Ibragimov.

Preston Coe & Ring make tax easier by making sure it is right and help reduce our tax where possible. This gives me more time do things I would rather be doing

Ron Ritson. Ritson Building Designs

Preston Coe & Ring have helped put us on the right road to tomorrow in doing this we have been able to achieve some personal goals much sooner than we thought possible.

Steve James.

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Blog

Sep 13

How to avoid a scam

Posted by Peter Marmara-Stewart at Friday, September 13, 2019

Con artists make entertaining subjects for Hollywood scriptwriters (think The Wolf of Wall Street, Ocean’s Eleven and Catch Me If You Can), but there’s nothing enjoyable about being conned and fleeced in real life.

On the latest figures available, Australians lose over $10 million every month to scammers.i There are plenty of rackets running at any one time involving pyramid schemes, identity theft, fake lottery wins and nonexistent inheritances, but the unholy trinity of cons are:

1 Investment scams
2 Dating scams
3 Fake billing scams


Investment scams

The grift: According to the ACCC, investment scammers mainly target those in the 45-64 age group; people who are likely to have amassed some capital and wanting to set themselves up for retirement.

Investment scams usually involve traditional investment products, such as commodities, stocks and real estate.

Nowadays, the investment often has something to do with cryptocurrency or binary options (i.e. betting on events, such as a company’s share price rising.)

The fraudster typically cold calls, texts or emails the victim. They pose as a knowledgeable insider (e.g. a stockbroker) who’s able to facilitate a low risk, high return investment. Often fraudsters will spend considerable time grooming victims and direct them to a professional-looking website or send them impressive-looking documents.

Red flags: Firstly, being called, texted or emailed out of the blue by someone offering an investment opportunity. Secondly, being assured the investment opportunity involves no or negligible risk while offering incredible returns. Visit the ASIC’s MoneySmart site to review the list of companies it’s identified as dodgy and we can provide advice on any investment opportunity you may be considering.

Dating scams

The grift: Almost all online daters are guilty of gilding the lily. But if an online match seems too good to be true and they start requesting financial assistance, you’re at high risk of losing your shirt (and not in a good way).

Romance scammers’ MO is as straightforward as it is heartless. They create a fake profile, ‘love bomb’ their marks and possibly encourage them to ‘sext’, so they have embarrassing images to use as blackmail.

Then they start asking for money, gifts or bank account details, claiming a family member needs a medical procedure, or they want to buy a plane ticket to meet in person, or they need to transfer money to another country.

Red flags: It’s rarely a good sign if there are puzzling inconsistencies (e.g. someone who claims to be an educated professional making basic spelling mistakes). Equally if the relationship escalates abruptly (e.g. professions of undying love after a few brief exchanges), or if your new paramour is cagey about revealing themselves or their personal details (e.g. they claim they are unable to Skype or won’t reveal their address).

Fake billing scams

The grift: Fake invoices are sent to a businessperson for things such as office supplies or a domain-name renewal. A common variant of this swindle is fake notifications from the ATO claiming a tax debt needs to be paid urgently to avoid dire legal consequences.

Red flags: Businesses do have expenses and individuals do need to pay taxes so it can be easy to be taken in by fake bills, especially if you don’t examine them carefully.

Two signs a charge is dubious are mistakes (e.g. the domain name you’re being asked to renew is misspelled on the bill) or odd conditions (e.g. the ATO saying it will accept gift cards or bitcoin as payment).

If you have any doubts, Google the business or government agency then ring its helpline to confirm your debt is real. (Don’t use any of the contact details supplied on the invoice.)

For information on the latest scams and who they are targeting, visit the government’s Scamwatch site. The ATO also regularly updates its scam alerts.

Swindlers seek to leverage powerful emotions – greed, love and fear – to encourage their victims to act impulsively. If you receive an approach or a request for money that doesn’t seem quite right, hang up or exit the website and do some background checks. If you’re unsure we can help you spot the scam and protect your financial future.

And remember… as the saying goes, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

If you’ve come across an online article or report that you have questions about, we’d be happy to review and discuss it with you.

i https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/about-scamwatch/scam-statistics?scami d=all&date=2019-03

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