Every year in Australia, many people are victims of scams or cybercrime and it is often difficult to identify and track down the scammers and criminals. If you have been scammed, think you may have been scammed, believe that someone is trying to scam you or have been the victim of cybercrime, take the time to report it. It might just help in the fight against scams.
If you have been the victim of a cybercrime such as hacking, an online scam or fraud, identity theft or an attack on your computer system, go to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) website www.acorn.gov.au and report it. This will ensure that the report goes to the right law enforcement or government agency for consideration.
Check our Recent scams web page. We may have already assessed the scam you want to report. Our advice on any scam in this list is to ignore the notification or offer and do not reply, even in jest.
If the scam originates from New South Wales or you know the name of the business or trader and they are located in NSW, you can report the scam to the NSW Fair Trading online through Lodge a complaint, call 13 32 20 or in person at a Service NSW Centre. For your nearest centre, please check the Service NSW Centre Locator.
If the scam originates from outside NSW or overseas, you can report it via SCAMwatch. SCAMwatch is a website run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and provides information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, avoid and report scams.
For more information, visit www.scamwatch.com.au.