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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
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
Dating & romance scams
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
Consumers with a disability – be on guard against scammers trying to take advantage of you
August 2014: SCAMwatch is warning consumers with a disability to be on guard against scams – unfortunately, scammers target people whom they think may be vulnerable to try and take advantage of t...
Beware of carbon tax repeal scams
August 2014: SCAMwatch is warning consumers and businesses to be aware of scammers looking to take advantage of the carbon tax repeal to steal your money.
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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 1 and 22 August 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.
‘Know who you’re dealing with’ video released
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.
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