Learn how to spot and avoid scams
News and alerts
Financial criminals are stealing millions of dollars in fake investments from people in Australia through dating websites and social media.
These scammers pretend to a real person who wants a relationship with you, spending weeks or months gaining your trust.
Scammers are targeting HSBC customers with scam calls and texts that appear to be from their bank.
Taylor Swift fans are warned to look out for scammers offering fake tickets to the singer's 'Eras' tour.
The fake tickets are being advertised for sale on social media through hacked accounts.
STOP – Don’t give money or personal information to anyone if unsure
Scammers will offer to help you or ask you to verify who you are. They will pretend to be from organisations you know and trust like, Services Australia, police, a bank, government or a fraud service.
THINK – Ask yourself could the message or call be fake?
Never click a link in a message. Only contact businesses or government using contact information from their official website or through their secure apps. If you’re not sure say no, hang up or delete.
PROTECT – Act quickly if something feels wrong.
Contact your bank if you notice some unusual activity or if a scammer gets your money or information. Seek help from IDCARE and report to ReportCyber and Scamwatch.
National Anti-Scam Centre
The government has funded the ACCC to set up a new centre to build on the work of Scamwatch. The National Anti-Scam Centre:
- helps people spot and avoid scams
- makes it easier to report scams
- improves information sharing to disrupt scammers
- works across government and with industry
- supports law enforcement
Find out more about how to stay safe online
The OAIC investigates privacy breaches and handles data breach reports. They provide guidance and advice for consumers and business on how to protect personal information.