Browse news

12 August 2019

Record losses expected as scammers target Australians

Australians are set to lose a record amount to scams in 2019, with projections from losses reported to Scamwatch and other government agencies so far expected to exceed $532 million by the end of the year, surpassing half a billion dollars for the first time.
1 May 2019

Australian businesses hit hard by email scams

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.
11 December 2018

Watch out for holiday season scams

Scamwatch is warning people to be careful about being caught out by holiday season scams.
26 November 2018

Hackers targeting businesses' emails in sophisticated scam

Scamwatch is calling on businesses to urgently review how they verify and pay accounts and invoices as reports of business email compromise (BEC) scams to Scamwatch have grown by a third this year.
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.

10 October 2017

Watch out for scammers when going online

This Stay Smart Online Week, the ACCC is warning the community to watch out for common online scams they might encounter.

19 December 2016

Beware of unsolicited domain name registration offers

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning businesses about receiving letters that look like an invoice and state a ‘domain name is available’.

13 August 2015

Beware of fake lottery and competition 'wins' on social networking platforms

Scamwatch is warning consumers to beware of fake lotteries or competitions on social networking platforms, with scammers using popular platforms to pedal these empty wins.

29 May 2015

Fake debt collectors

Scamwatch is warning of phone calls from scammers claiming to collect debts.

21 January 2015

Invoice email scam now targeting Australian businesses

SCAMwatch is warning Australian businesses to beware of an invoice email scam seeking payment re-direction.