Avoiding scams

As a business, you can protect yourself by being aware of the common scams that target small businesses.

Why are small businesses at risk of being scammed?

Scammers recognise that small business operators are busy and have fewer resources than large businesses, so they aim to take advantage of that.

Such scams come in many sophisticated forms—from invoices for advertising or directory listings that were never requested to dubious office supplies that were never ordered—so it’s important to learn how to protect your business from scams.

How to avoid scams

For information on scams and how to avoid them, visit the ACCC’s SCAMwatch website.

The website has tips and advice on a range of common and not-so-common scams, including:

  • scams targeting small businesses
  • investment scams
  • money transfer requests
  • banking and online account scams
  • internet scams
  • mobile phone scams.

Stay one step ahead of scammers

Sign up at the SCAMwatch website for free email alerts on new scams targeting small businesses and consumers. You can also follow SCAMwatch on Twitter at http://twitter.com/SCAMwatch_gov

Report a scam

SCAMwatch website

More information

The little black book of scams
Small business scams fact sheet