Scams

The little black book of scams

The little black book of scams highlights a variety of popular scams that regularly target Australian consumers and small business

Targeting scams: report on scam activity 2009

Explains key trends in scam activity and highlights the impact of scams on the community during 2009.

Targeting scams: report on scam activity 2010

Explains key trends in scam activity and highlights the impact of scams on the community during 2010.

Targeting scams: report on scam activity 2011

Explains key trends in scam activity and highlights the impact of scams on the community during 2011.

Business scams

This fact sheet provides information to help you protect yourself and your business by being aware of the common scams targeting small businesses.

If it sounds too good to be true

A leaflet containing tips on how to protect yourself from internet scams and spam.

Best practice guidelines for dating websites

These guidelines are intended to help dating websites and their users respond to scams.

Don’t let scammers take you for a ride

The ACCC is warning travellers to beware of holiday scams when looking to score a cheap deal on their winter getaway.

“While you are making holiday plans, scammers are plotting to steal your hard-earned dollars with fake rental listings, fraudulent holiday vouchers and by hacking into travel websites. Already this year, the ACCC has received over 100 travel-related scam complaints with more than $250,000 reported lost,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

Pause to avoid a puppy scam

The ACCC is warning consumers to watch out for puppy scams after $35,000 was reported lost by victims so far this year.

“If you are looking for a new puppy be careful of classified ads for pedigree pups at prices that are too good to be true,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

In 2012, the ACCC received over 700 complaints about fraudulent ads in newspapers and classifieds websites selling puppies that may not even exist.