Protect yourself against scams by following the latest advice on the new and improved Scamwatch website (www.scamwatch.gov.au).
In the first half 2015, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission received more than 45,000 complaints about scams with a total of $45 million reported lost.
We know scammers are increasingly sophisticated in their attempts to get your money or personal details. We also know scams succeed because they look like the real thing and catch you off guard when you’re not expecting it.
Scams target people of all backgrounds, ages and income levels across Australia. There’s no one group of people who are more likely to become a victim of a scam and all of us may be vulnerable to a scam at some time.
The Scamwatch website can help you identify and avoid scams. For the first time, the website provides monthly updates on scams which are causing the most harm in Australia. This data will help keep you up to date with the latest scams doing the rounds.
If you think you’ve been scammed or know someone who has, you can report it to the ACCC using the Scamwatch ‘report a scam’ page.
If you’ve been scammed, the website also provides steps you can take straight away to reduce the damage and prevent further loss. You can also find out what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Sign up to our Scamwatch radar alerts and follow us on Twitter @Scamwatch_gov
Australian Competition and Consumer Commision