Scams

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.

Targeting scams: report of the ACCC on scam activity 2015

This report explains key trends in scam activity and highlights the impact of scams on the community.

Wise up to scams: magnetic card

As part of the 2016 Fraud Week campaign, the ACCC has produced a magnetic card to help consumers avoid scams.

Beware of scammers delivering malware this Christmas

Watch out for fake parcel delivery scams arriving in your inbox this Christmas, after $80,000 was reported lost to the ACCC this year, with 1,360 complaints. We’ve received over 100 reports of this scam already this December – more than last December, with only half the month gone. The ACCC is also seeing a significant increase in both personal and commercial information loss being reported to this scam, with over 350 reports this year compared to 250 in 2014.

Australians lose $45 million to scams in 2015

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urging the community not to send money or personal details to strangers after $45 million was reported lost to scams already this year and 45,000 complaints made.

"Scammers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their attempts to get your money or personal details. Scams succeed because they look like the real thing and catch you off guard when you’re not expecting it," ACCC Acting Chair Delia Rickard said.