Scams

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The great cyber surrender: how police and governments abandon cybercrime victims

In the most comprehensive transatlantic study of its kind, this report finds that the approach of both police and policymakers to tackling cybercrime is so inadequate that it is tantamount to surrender.
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Phishing risks in a university student community

As individuals become increasingly connected to the virtual world, the avenues for exploitation by cybercriminals also increase. This study explores the influence of scam type, cybercrime awareness, gender, IT competence and perceived internet safety on susceptibility to email scams.
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Online fraud victimisation in Australia: risks and protective factors

To gain a better understanding of online consumer fraud, the AIC worked with the ACCC to compare a matched sample of victims and non-victims. This study aimed to identify and quantify the factors that make some individuals more vulnerable to consumer fraud than others. The...
Audio podcast

Disconnect: Not your mate

Indigenous Australians are losing tens of millions of dollars to scammers every year. In this episode, we travel around the country to look at how online scams are being targeted to remote communities, and trace their story back beyond social media.
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Targeting scams: report of the ACCC on scams activity 2018

The ACCC's 10th annual Targeting Scams report highlights the increasing harm of scams to the Australian community. This report seeks to inform the public about scams and identify emerging trends and techniques used by scammers to extract money and personal information from their victims.
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Targeting scams: report of the ACCC on scam activity 2017

This report explains key trends in scam activity and highlights the impact of scams on the community. It highlights the cooperative work of the ACCC, other regulators and law enforcement agencies to disrupt scams and educate consumers.
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Scamwatch

During this year’s National Consumer Fraud Week (15 - 19 May), Scamwatch is providing advice to Australians to help them ‘spot social media scams’.
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Targeting scams: report of the ACCC on scam activity 2016

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) eighth annual report on scam activity highlights the significant harm scams continue to cause to the Australian community. This report explains key trends in scam activity and highlights the impact of scams on the community.
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Targeting scams: report of the ACCC on scams activity 2015

This report explains key trends in scam activity in Australia and highlights the impact of scams on the community.
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Targeting scams: report of the ACCC on scam activity 2014

Explains key trends in scam activity and highlights the impact of scams on the community. Snapshot of 2014 Overall contacts levels and financial losses In 2014 the ACCC continued to observe a high level of scams activity in Australia, with 91 637 scam- related contacts...