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Banking & online account scams
Credit card scams
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Requests for your account information ('phishing' scams)
Chain letters and pyramid scams
Dating & romance scams
Health & medical scams
Fake online pharmacies
Weight loss scams
Identity theft scams
Cold calling (investment telemarketing)
Investment seminars & real estate scams
Share promotions & 'hot tips'
Sports investment scams
Job & employment scams
Business opportunity scams
Guaranteed employment / income scams
Work from home scams
Lottery and competition scams (fake prizes)
Lottery and sweepstake scams
Mobile phone scams
Missed calls & text messages from unknown numbers
Ring tone scams
SMS competition & trivia scams
Money transfer requests ('Nigerian' scams)
Cheque overpayment scams
'Nigerian 419' scams
Transferring money for someone else
Up-front payment scams
Auction & shopping scams
Domain name renewal scams
'Free' offers on the internet
Spam (junk mail) offers
Spyware & key-loggers
Door-to-door & home maintenance scams
Erase your hard drive before disposing of old computers
Grooming scam victims
Psychic & clairvoyant scams
Social networking scams
‘Whaling’ and ‘spear phishing’ scams
Small business scams
Directories & advertising (false billing)
Fax back scams
Office supply scams
Don’t book a scammer’s holiday
October 2014: SCAMwatch is warning would-be travelers to watch out for travel scams as scammers seek to take advantage of those looking for a hard-earned break.
Indigenous consumers, watch out for scams – the top scams reported
September 2014: SCAMwatch is urging Indigenous consumers, especially those living in rural and remote communities, to be on the lookout for scammers trying to trick you into handing over your perso...
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Victim stories and latest news
Australian Bureau of Statistics warns Victorians about phishing scam
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.
Scam disruption project
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.
Queensland University of Technology study: Understanding, reporting & improving responses following online fraud
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.
ACCC 2013 Targeting scams report released
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.
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