Scams

Targeting scams: report of the ACCC on scam activity 2013

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

Don't pay a scammer for a fake energy bill

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning consumers to watch out for a new phishing email asking you to pay bogus gas or electricity bills.

These emails purport to be from legitimate energy companies and look like the real deal. Scammers may claim you have an amount owing for exceeding your energy consumption limit and that you are eligible to use a discounted energy tariff if you pay the bill now.

Don't let scammers take advantage of news about Flight MH370

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning consumers to beware of scammers capitalising on current events to gain access to your computer in an attempt to steal your money or identity.

“Scammers use a range of tools to trick people under the guise of topical stories or events, such as spam emails with malicious content, selling fake tickets to an event in high demand, or seeking donations to fake charities,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

Watch out for weight loss scams

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning consumers to beware of weight loss shams when looking to fulfil a new year’s resolution.

“Scammers are experts at preying upon people’s vulnerabilities and try to take advantage of people’s good intentions to improve their health in the New Year. Unfortunately if you fall for this scam, the only place you will feel lighter is your wallet,” ACCC Deputy Chair Dr Michael Schaper said.

Don’t let scammers ruin your Christmas

With only days until Christmas, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning consumers to watch out for fake delivery scams arriving in your inbox or post box.

“Australians send and receive millions of parcels at Christmas time. If you are expecting a parcel to give as a gift to family or friends, or expect to receive one, it’s important to watch out for these scams,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

Don't back a scammer this Spring Racing Carnival

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning punters not to be horsed around by sports betting scams in the lead up to Melbourne Cup.

“Fake betting syndicates and betting software are peddled by scammers as legitimate investments, but simply do not deliver on the high returns they promise. If you sign up for one of these ‘guaranteed’ betting schemes, odds are you will never see your money again,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.