Scams

ACCC supporting Indigenous artists to protect themselves

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has launched two new short films at an event hosted by the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) in Alice Springs today.

The first film provides advice to Indigenous artists about their rights when negotiating with dealers to on sell their artwork, and the second on how to avoid being scammed.  

The films were developed with the assistance of CAAMA and feature Indigenous actors.

Spike in Centrelink scams

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning the community to be aware of phone calls from scammers pretending to be from the Department of Human Services or Centrelink.

The ACCC’s Scamwatch has received over 2,200 reports of this scam since January, with more than $27,000 reported lost. Four individuals have reported losses of $1,000 or more. This is a significant increase from 2015, when there was $3,500 reported loss and 560 contacts.

Don’t place bets with a scammer this spring racing season

Scamwatch is warning Australian gamblers not to part with money they didn’t plan to during Spring Racing Season, today issuing an alert that confidence tricksters are on the hunt for more victims.

Australians have lost over one million dollars to con artists pushing sports investment scams in 2016 to date.

Betting and sports investment scams convince victims to invest in ‘foolproof’ systems or software that can 'guarantee' a profit on sporting events. These scams are often promoted as a legitimate investment.

Steer clear of tax scams

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urging Australians to hang up on and delete tax scams after more than $1 million was reported lost to Scamwatch already this year, with over 300 people reporting that they lost money to tax scams in the first half of the year. This is compared with 400 people who reported losing money in the 12 months previous, with $1.6 million lost in total.

Beware of business scams impersonating the ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning businesses to watch out for scam emails that claim to be from the ACCC but in fact contain links that can infect your computer with malware.

In the past week, several businesses have reported receiving bogus requests from the ACCC to respond to a complaint that has been made about their business, or seek payment for an infringement notice for breach of copyright.

ACCC issues public warning about conduct of Australian Business Funding Centre Pty Ltd’s “Government grants” website targeting small businesses

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a Public Warning Notice about the conduct of Australian Business Funding Centre Pty Ltd (also known as Australian Business Financing Centre or ABFC) which operates the website www.australiangovernmentgrants.org.