Scamwatch is run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). It provides information about how to recognise, avoid and report scams. Here are a selection of things to watch out for:
Attempts to gain your personal information: Scammers use all kinds of sneaky approaches to steal your personal details. Once obtained, they can use your identity to commit fraudulent activities such as using your credit card or opening a bank account.
Buying or selling: Scammers prey on consumers and businesses that are buying or selling products and services. Not every transaction is legitimate.
Fake charities: Scammers impersonate genuine charities and ask for donations or contact you claiming to collect money after natural disasters or major events.
Jobs and employment: These 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.
Unexpected winnings: These scams try to trick you into giving money upfront or your personal information in order to receive a prize from a lottery or competition that you never entered.
Discover more things to watch out for and how to report a scam at www.scamwatch.gov.au/types-of-scams