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Common scams

We get lots of complaints from victims of scams and fraud. We work hard to help as many as we can, but so many scams come from outside Australia. In these cases, it’s almost impossible to get your money back.

SCAMwatch provides information on common scams that you should look out for. Learn how to recognise and protect yourself. Follow the links on this page to find out more about each type of scam.


Some of the most common scams are:

Personalised scams aim to find out your personal details so they can target you directly. These types of scams include:

Some common scams pose as opportunities. These include:


Learn how to recognise and protect your business from:

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Last updated
15 March 2017
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