Protecting yourself from scams

Scams come in all shapes and sizes. Have you received an offer that seems too good to refuse, or a request to donate to a good cause? Perhaps an invitation to ‘befriend’ or connect with an online admirer? Scammers know how to press your buttons to get what they want.

About scams

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

Visit our Scamwatch website

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.

Read The Little Black Book of Scams

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.

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