Have you been scammed?
Most scams need you to do something before they can work.
- ask you to send them money based on promises that turn out to be false;
- ask you to provide your personal information and bank details.
Some are easy to spot while others are so sneaky you may not know they are scams.
Remember – If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN)
The Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) is a national policing initiative of the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments. It is a national online system that allows the public to securely report instances of cybercrime. Their website provides a raft of information on cybercrime including what it is and what you can do to protect yourself. Click ACORN for more information or have a look at their fact sheet.
The Little Black Book of Scams
The Little Black Book of Scams is published by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and highlights a variety of popular scams that regularly target Australian consumers and small business in areas such as:
• fake lotteries
• internet shopping
• mobile phones
• online banking
• investment opportunities.
It also offers
• consumers tips on how to protect themselves from scams
• what they can do to minimise damage if they do get scammed
• how they can report a scam.
There are two versions of the book:
1. The pocket-sized version that highlights the top ten scams; and pdf
2. A more comprehensive version. pdf
Other useful web sites on SCAMS
REPORT ANY SCAMS TO CONSUMER AFFAIRS 1800 019 319
or email firstname.lastname@example.org