Use this form to report a scam to the ACCC. Before completing it, please read our privacy statement.
Your report helps the ACCC to warn the community about the latest scams.
If you think you have been scammed, find out where to get help.
The ACCC is unable to help you recover money lost to a scam or assist in tracking down a scammer.
Where consent is provided, the ACCC will share Scamwatch reports with the intermediary organisation. By providing your consent, you agree to release your full report and personal information to the intermediary.
Your information is used to inform the intermediary’s scam prevention efforts. Individual matters are unlikely to be investigated, and it is not likely that any money lost to the scammer can be recovered. The intermediary may contact you if they require further information, but they will not reply to all reports.
See: where to get help.
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These scams offer you the false promise of an inheritance to trick you into parting with your money or sharing your bank or credit card details.
Nigerian scams involve offering you a share in a large sum of money on the condition you help them to transfer it out of their country.
Reclaim scams try to convince you that you are entitled to a rebate or reimbursement from the government, a bank or trusted organisation.
Up-front payment and advanced fee frauds ask you to send money up-front in order to later receive some sort of 'reward', such as a prize, discounted holiday, or pre-approved loan.
Unexpected prize and lottery scams work by asking you to pay some sort of fee in order to claim your prize or winnings from a competition or lottery you never entered.
Travel prize scams are attempts to trick you into parting with your money to claim a ‘reward’ such as a free or discounted holiday.
Scratchie scams take the form of fake scratchie cards that promise some sort of prize, on the condition that the ‘winner’ pays a collection fee.
Scammers impersonate genuine charities and ask for donations or contact you claiming to collect money for relief efforts after natural disasters.
Scammers take advantage of people looking for romantic partners, often via dating websites, apps or social media by pretending to be prospective companions. They play on emotional triggers to get you to provide money, gifts or personal details.
Classified scams trick buyers or sellers into thinking they are dealing with a legitimate contact but it is actually a scammer.
Overpayment scams work by getting you to 'refund' a scammer who has sent you a cheque for too much money for an item you are selling.
Remote access scams try to convince you that you have a computer or internet problem and that you need to buy new software to fix the problem.
Health and medical product scams may sell you healthcare products at low prices that you never receive, or make false promises about their ‘cure-all’ products, medicines and treatments.
False billing scams request you or your business to pay fake invoices for directory listings, advertising, domain name renewals or office supplies that you did not order.
Online shopping scams involve scammers pretending to be legitimate online sellers, either with a fake website or a fake ad on a genuine retailer site.
Psychic and clairvoyant scams are designed to trick you into giving away your money, usually offering ‘help’ in exchange for a fee.
Scammers create SMS competitions or trivia scams to trick you into paying extremely high call or text rates when replying to an unsolicited text message on your mobile or smart phone.
Betting and sports investment scams try to convince you to invest in 'foolproof' systems and software that can 'guarantee' you a profit on sporting events.
Investment schemes involve getting you or your business to part with money on the promise of a questionable financial opportunity.
Pyramid schemes are illegal and very risky ‘get-rich-quick’ schemes that can end up costing you a lot of money.
Jobs and employment scams trick you into handing over your money by offering you a ‘guaranteed’ way to make fast money or a high-paying job for little effort.
Identity theft is a type of fraud that involves using someone else's identity to steal money or gain other benefits.
Phishing scams are attempts by scammers to trick you into giving out your personal information such as your bank account numbers, passwords and credit card numbers.
Hacking occurs when a scammer gains access to your personal information by using technology to break into your computer, mobile device or network.
Malware tricks you into installing software that allows scammers to access your files and track what you are doing, while ransomware demands payment to ‘unlock’ your computer or files.
Threats to life, arrest or other involve a scammer using threats to scare you into paying money, such as for outstanding bills or debts that you supposedly owe.
Where consent is provided, the ACCC provides Scamwatch reports to certain companies, to assist their scam prevention efforts.
By providing your consent, you agree to release all information, including personal information, contained within the report.
Similar to the ACCC, the companies use this information to inform preventative scam strategies, not investigate individual matters. Each company will handle your personal information in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles (opens in new window).