ACCC launches Scam Disruption Project

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today launched its national Scam Disruption Project to help protect the Australian community from relationship scammers.

Earlier this year, the ACCC announced disruption of relationship scams as a compliance and enforcement priority area.

The project proactively reaches out to community members that may be targeted by scammers. The ACCC has identified these possible victims by analysing international transaction data to detect patterns consistent with fraudulent activity.

ACCC and ATO issue tax time scam warning

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and Australian Taxation Office (ATO) are warning consumers and businesses to watch out for scammers hiding behind tax time to target you.

“Scammers will go to great lengths to slip under your radar and steal your money, including impersonating ATO representatives on the phone, sending fraudulent emails and even creating bogus websites,” ACCC Acting Chair Delia Rickard warned.

False billing scams hit small businesses

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning small business owners about false billing scams this Fraud Week after the Targeting Scams Report 2013 revealed a 45 per cent increase in complaints.

“False billing scams continue to be the most common scam targeting the small business community, with 3,672 reports received in 2013 and almost $725,000 reported lost,” ACCC Deputy Chairman Dr Michael Schaper said.

Almost $90 million reported lost to scams in 2013

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Targeting Scams Report 2013 reveals that over 90,000 Australians reported scams to the ACCC last year, with $89,136,975 million reported lost.

National Consumer Fraud Week starts today and the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce, led by the ACCC, will be urging consumers to ‘Know who you’re dealing with’ as reports indicate that scammers reap the benefits when they take the time to develop a connection with victims.

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.