Too smart to be scammed? National Scams Awareness Week 2019

12 August 2019

Scams Awareness Week runs from 12–16 August as part of a national campaign by the Scams Awareness Network.

There are countless types of scams with new scams emerging constantly. While scammers are becoming increasingly sophisticated, many people believe they would never fall victim.

This year we’re urging you to test your scams knowledge by asking are you 'too smart to be scammed?'.

Watch our Scamwatch challenge

We hit the streets of Melbourne to ask the public to take part in our ‘too smart to be scammed?’ quiz. Watch the clips to find out how they did.

Too smart to be scammed?

Are you able to spot the signs of a scam? Challenge yourself with our five examples.

Real life scam stories

Real scam victims have shared their experiences with us to help warn others. In these stories, we ask you to find the signs that it was a scam, and consider how similar scams could be avoided. 

Latest news

Record losses expected as scammers target Australians

Report a scam

Reporting scams can help others from falling victim. 

Where to get help 

If you’ve lost money or given personal information to a scammer, there are steps you can take to limit the damage and protect yourself from further loss. Find out where to get help.

Our partners

Scamwatch and the Scams Awareness Network would like to acknowledge the assistance of our government, business, and community group partners for the 2019 Scams Awareness Week campaign.

AFP

Kim Le

AGL

Kytec

AMES Australia

Libraries Tasmania

Another Computer Store

Life after Scams

ANZ

Lifeline Darling Downs

Aurora Energy

Macarthur Credit Union

Auscert

MailGuard

Ausgrid

Maroondah City Council

Australasian Association of Convenience Stores Limited

MARSH – Forensic Advisory Services

Australia Post

Metro Trains Melbourne

Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN)

MGA Independent

Australian Digital Health Agency

MGA Independent Retailers

Australian Federal Police

Monash college

Australian Financial Complaints Authority Limited

MoneyGram

Australian Gaming Council

Motor Accident Insurance Commission Qld

Australian Library and Information Association

MultiLink Community Services Inc.

Australian Retailers Association

Murrumbidgee Police (NSW)

Bankwest

MyStateBank

Be Connected Network Partner, Fast & Fairest Bray Park

NAB

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank

NBN Co

Big-rock Graphics / Tweed Valley Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch Victoria

BioCatch

Northern Inland Credit Union

BOQ Group

NSW Police

Campbell page

Oak Tree Group

Carseldine 4 Neighbourhood Watch

Optus

Chisholm Institute

Payreq

City of Cockburn

People's Choice credit union

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Pentanet

Communications Alliance

Qantas

Compare the Market

QBE bank

COTA ACT

Queensland Country Credit Union

COTA NT

RACQ

COTA South Australia

Redland City Council

Counter Fraud Advisory

SA Seniors Card program

CQ Univeristy student

SailPoint

Credit Union Australia (CUA)

Shellharbour City Council

Customer Owned Banking Association

Shire of Esperance

Cybaware

Sophos

Department of Education and Training

South Australia Police

Endeavour Energy

Streaky Bay Community Library

Endelman

Suncorp

Energy and Water Ombudsman NSW

Sunsuper

Energy and Water Ombudsman Queensland

TAL

Facebook

Telstra

Financial Counselling Australia

The Junction Neighbourhood Centre Inc.

G&C Mutual Bank

The Senior

Georges River Civic Centre

TMA – Timber Merchants Australia

GESB Superannuation

UniSuper

Google

University of Technology Sydney

Harrisville Neighbourhood Watch-Rural Association Inc.

Victoria University

Hobsons Bay City Council

Victorian Legal Services Board and Commissioner

Horizon Credit Union

WA Seniors Card Program

Incitec Pivot Ltd/Dyno Nobel Inc.

Western Union

Independent Retirees

Westpac

JaziNET

Woolworths Group

Jetstar

Your Computer Wizzard