Radar alerts

17 May 2017

Scams targeting Indigenous peoples nearly doubled in 2016

Scams targeting Indigenous peoples were at the highest level ever recorded according to the ACCC’s annual Targeting Scams report.

15 May 2017

Australians lost nearly $300 million to scams in 2016

The number of people reporting scam activity in Australia was at record levels in 2016 according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s annual Targeting Scams report, with a 47 per cent increase in scam reports to the ACCC compared to 2015.

10 April 2017

Don't get scammed by dodgy internet pop-ups

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning people to watch out for dodgy internet pop-up windows claiming there are viruses or other seemingly nasty tech problems affecting their computer.

20 March 2017

Don't get scammed by a fake online store

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning online shoppers to be wary of scammers masquerading as legitimate online retailers, often selling well-known brands at too-good-to-be-true prices.

13 February 2017

Don't give your heart to a scammer this Valentine's Day

The ACCC is warning people to be wary of scammers when looking for romance online with social media now the most common method scammers use to contact potential victims.

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’.

12 December 2016

Don't accept gifts from a scammer this Christmas

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning online shoppers to watch out for fake parcel delivery scams arriving in email inboxes this Christmas.

5 December 2016

Don't book a holiday with a scammer

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning holiday makers to watch out for scams on popular accommodation booking sites such as Airbnb.
28 November 2016

Spike in Centrelink scams

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning the community to be aware of phone calls from scammers pretending to be from the Department of Human Services or Centrelink.
31 October 2016

Don't place bets with a scammer this spring racing season

Scamwatch is warning Australian gamblers not to part with money they didn’t plan to during Spring Racing Season, today issuing an alert that confidence tricksters are on the hunt for more victims.