Report a scam

CBOS routinely issues public warnings based on information we receive.

Scams can be reported a number of different ways, depending on the type of scam and the outcome you are seeking.

Tell us about a scam

If you have spotted a scam and just want to let someone know, you can make a report to CBOS.

Report these kinds of scams:

  • travelling conmen, who offer bitumen laying, tree lopping and other home maintenance services
  • car boot traders, usually offering electronic equipment for sale in public places like car parks
  • health and medical scams, like miracle cures for cancer
  • pyramid selling schemes
  • pricing and advertising scams.

Provide as much information as you can, such as:

  • location
  • date and time
  • description of the trader and their vehicle, including the registration number if known
  • what they said or offered.


Report these kinds of scams to Scamwatch:

  • fake competitions and prizes
  • investment or get-rich-quick schemes, like sports betting
  • inheritance or financial windfall scams
  • up-front payments scams, like false billing or cheque overpayment scams
  • dating and romance scams.

The Scamwatch website has more information on these types of scams.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission use the reports made to Scamwatch to monitor marketplace trends and educate consumers about avoiding scams.

Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network

Report these kinds of cybercrime and scams to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN):

  • identity theft
  • cyber bullying
  • buying or selling goods online where up-front payment is sought for products that don’t exist
  • computer hacking and attacks on computer systems
  • illegal and prohibited content
  • online child sexual abuse material.

Your report will be assessed and may be referred to the police for investigation.

The ACORN website has more information about protecting yourself and your family from cyber crime.

Other agencies you can report fraud to

Updated: 27 Jul 2022

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