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21 May 2018

Australians lost $340 million to scammers in 2017

Australians lost more money to scammers in 2017 than in any other year since the ACCC began reporting on scam activity.

21 May 2018

Stop and check: is this for real? - Scams Awareness Week 2018

Scams Awareness Week runs from 21–25 May 2018. Australians are urged to be on the lookout for threat-based impersonation scams by taking a moment to ‘Stop and check: is this for real?’.

24 April 2018

Beware of scammers impersonating energy and telecommunications companies

The ACCC is warning consumers to beware of scammers impersonating energy and telecommunications providers and demanding payments.

6 April 2018

Scammers targeting Chinese community in Australia

We're warning the Chinese community in Australia to be wary of scammers posing as Chinese authorities and/or employees of DHL and threatening them with deportation or arrest unless they pay large sums of money.

26 March 2018

Don't fall for a scammer's puppy dog eyes

Scamwatch is warning people to watch out for scammers setting up fake ads pretending to sell adorable puppies, with more than $310,000 lost and 584 reports about this scam in the past 12 months.

26 February 2018

Unexpected missed calls from overseas numbers

Recent media reports have been warning consumers about overseas missed call (or ‘Wangiri’) scams.

13 February 2018

Don't friend a scammer this Valentine's Day

The ACCC is warning people to be careful about who they ‘friend’ online this Valentine’s Day with stats showing people are most likely to be preyed upon by dating and romance scammers on social media sites.

9 February 2018

Making a Western Union refund claim

If you lost money to a scammer through Western Union from 2004 to 2017, you may be eligible for a refund. Find out how you can make a claim.

23 January 2018

Victims scammed via Western Union may get refund

Scamwatch is urging all Australians who lost money to a scammer through Western Union from 2004 to 2017 to take action by the extended deadline of 31 May to try to get it back.

11 December 2017

Beware opening a scammer's con this Christmas

The ACCC is warning the community to be wary of scammers trying to ruin their Christmas holidays.