Scams

Australians lose $93 million to scammers in 2012

ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard has launched the ACCC’s Targeting scams report, which reveals that over $93 million was reported lost by Australians last year. The ACCC received nearly 84 000 contacts in 2012, which showed a 65 per cent increase in reports of online shopping scams.

The launch of the report marks the beginning of National Consumer Fraud Week 2013 with this year’s campaign, ‘Outsmart the scammers!’, which focuses on helping Australians shop safely online.

Targeting scams: report of the ACCC on scam activity 2012

Yearly report produced by the ACCC on scam activity highlighting key trends and impact of scams on the community.

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.