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Australian businesses reported more than 5800 scams with losses exceeding $7.2 million in 2018, a 53 per cent increase compared to 2017, according to the ACCC’s Targeting scams report.

SCAMwatch is warning consumers and businesses to be on the look out for carbon price scams, particularly calls asking for personal information in order to receive compensation.

… reported in 2011 included: … Callers pretending to be from government: … In 2011 the ACCC saw large numbers of advance … Many involved scammers posing as representatives from government departments, for example offering fake grants, rebates or refunds in return for up-front payments. … …

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