Scams

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. 

ACCC warns small business as 'Yellow Pages' directory scam strikes again

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning small business operators to watch out for a business directory scam.

There has been a surge in reports from small businesses who have received a fax claiming to be from ‘Yellow Page Australia’ and ‘Open Business Directory Ltd’. On first glance, the fax appears to be seeking confirmation of the contact details for their business. However on closer inspection, the fax is in fact an agreement to sign up to an online business directory service charged at $99 per month for a minimum two-year period.

Visa holders warned to watch out for potential scammers

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) are warning people who have migrated to Australia or hold a temporary visa to be wary of a scam which may target them.

Scammers impersonating government officials are calling migrants and claiming that there is a problem with their ‘Citizenship and Immigration Services Alien’ (CISA) number. The scam victim is told that they must immediately pay an upfront fee, usually about $900, to fix their CISA number or they risk deportation.