Scams come in all shapes and sizes. Have you received an offer that seems too good to refuse? Perhaps a request to help someone in trouble or donate to a good cause? Or even an invitation to ‘befriend’ or connect with an online admirer? Scammers know how to press your buttons to get what they want.
We teamed up with the Checkout during Fraud Week to raise awareness about the common types of scams and what you can do to protect yourself.
Scams target people of all backgrounds, ages and income levels. Every year scams cost Australians millions of dollars and cause considerable non-financial harm.
The ACCC has seen the devastating effects scams can have on people and their families. One of the best ways to combat this type of fraud is to stay one step ahead of the scammers by being aware of scams and how to protect yourself.
See: Types of scams
The ACCC's Scamwatch website helps you learn how to recognise, report and protect yourself from scams. Scamwatch contains information for consumers and small business including:
- the most common scams
- victims' stories
- golden rules to protect yourself
- email alerts
- where to report a scam.
The ACCC is working with the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce and a number of government agencies, including state and territory police and consumer affairs agencies, to alert at-risk individuals to the possibility of being a victim of fraud.
To find out more see: Scam disruption project.
The Little Black Book of Scams is one of our most popular publications.
It contains the Scammers' Black List to help you identify and avoid the 10 most common methods scammers use to get at you.