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Scams target people of all backgrounds, ages and income levels across Australia. There is no one group of people who are more likely to become a victim of a scam. If you think you are 'too clever' to fall for a scam, you may take risks that scammers can take advantage of.

If you would like to share your story, you can report a scam to the ACCC.

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This year’s annual National Consumer Fraud Week campaign, ‘Get smarter with your data’, runs from 18 May – 24 May 2015.

As part of National Consumer Fraud Week 2015, the ACCC and the IPA are hosting a free forum on small business scams and cybercrime.

February 2015: This Valentine’s Day, SCAMwatch is warning the online dating community to beware of any love interest who asks for money. SCAMwatch is also asking the online dating industry to play its part in disrupting romance scams.

The ACCC is warning consumers to be on guard against scam emails impersonating the agency.

The ABS is advising the Victorian community to be aware of a scam in which scammers call pretending to be from the ABS and ask people for their personal information.

We’ve launched a national scam disruption project to alert Australians to the risk of relationships scams, including tips on how to spot fake dating profiles.

Between August and October 2014 the ACCC sent letters and emails to individuals who had previously reported losing money as a result of scams to invite them to participate in a research project.

The ACCC has released its 2013 annual report on scams activity, which reveals that nearly $90 million was reported lost to the ACCC as a result of scams activity.

As part of the 2014 National Consumer Fraud Week ‘Know who you’re dealing with’ campaign, the ACCC has released this video on relationship scams and how to identify a scammer.

This year’s annual Fraud Week campaign, ‘Know who you’re dealing with’, runs Monday 16 to Sunday 22 June 2014, focusing on relationship scams.

Jenny Brockie leads a discussion involving scam victims, police and industry exploring just how devastating dating and romance scams can be, and what is being done to help them.

Every year, thousands of Australians report to the ACCC that their hearts have been broken and wallets emptied after becoming entangled in a relationship scam with someone that they met online.

You should never use wire or money transfer services to send money to someone unless they are family or an old friend that you have met in person.

Do you require translated resources and educational materials on topics including scams?

Hear Jill’s story of how she was scammed out of $300,000 from a fake business proposal.

Have you been the victim of a scam, received a scam invitation or just want to help research about scams? Then complete our 2014 scam survey to help us improve our understanding about scams.

The ACCC is warning shoppers to watch out for a fake Woolworths customer satisfaction survey that asks for bank account details in exchange for a $150 gift voucher.

The ACCC has released its 2012 Targeting scams report - its fourth annual report into scam activity and consumer fraud affecting Australians.

This year Awareness Week was held from 20 to 24 May 2013.

Have you been the victim of a scam or received scam invitations? Fill out the 2013 scam survey to help in the fight against scams.

SCAMwatch victims story - How Steve lost $200,000 to an investment scam

The ACCC has released its 2011 Targeting Scams Report - the third annual report into scam activity and consumer fraud affecting Australians.

The ACCC has launched guidelines to help dating websites protect their users from scams.

The ACFT would like to know about any scams that you have received and how you have responded to them.

Recent scam victim stories

The following stories are from Australians who have been targeted by scammers. They have agreed to share their story so other Australians can learn from their experiences.

Melba lost her life savings to a man she met on the internet. Paul lost $200,000 to a woman he met on an online dating website when he was led to believe that he was helping her and her village.

Victim story: Lynne was asked to transfer money overseas to pay for a booking agent’s ‘commission’. The credit card details provided to Lynne were stolen, and the agent was a scammer.

Victim story: Nicole thought she had won the holiday of a lifetime. What happened next made her wish she had never called the phone number to claim her ‘prize’.

Victim story: Alan was pressured into buying software that promised him huge returns from betting on the horses. The software didn’t work and the only winner was the scammer.

More information and tips on how to recognise and avoid scams:

Find out how to report scams to SCAMwatch.

A collection of widespread or novel scams that have come across the SCAMwatch radar recently.

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