Scams

Where to report a scam:

You can help others by reporting a scam to the appropriate authorities. Your information will help these organisations build a better picture of the latest scams and warn other people about what to look our for. The following organisations take reports about particular types of scams.

Scamwatch:

Report scams to the ACCC via Scamwatch—visit www.scamwatch.gov.au

Stay one step ahead of scammers:

Stay one step ahead of the scammers—visit the Scamwatch website to get the low-down on scams that target Australian consumers and small businesses. Find out more about how scams work, how to protect yourself and what to do if you’ve been scammed.

Register with the Scamwatch subscription service to receive free email alerts on new scams doing the rounds. www.scamwatch.gov.au Follow Scamwatch on Twitter at @scamwatch_gov or http://twitter.com/Scamwatch_gov

If you encounter a scam on a website or social media platform, report it to the site so it can be investigated and removed. If the scammers are impersonating a legitimate organisation like a government department or bank, let them know so they can warn others.

Other agencies:

You should also consider reporting your scam to other agencies that specifically deal with certain types of scam.

Contact your local consumer protection agency :

While the ACCC is the national agency dealing with general consumer protection matters, state and territory agencies may also be able to assist you.

The Australian Government has some great resources on how to stay secure and safe online.

* Stay Smart Online Service—www.staysmartonline.gov.au

* CyberSmart website—www.cybersmart.gov.au

* Protecting yourself online publication – available at www.ag.gov.au/cybersecurity

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