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Common scams

Consumer scams

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

Scamwatch provides information on common scams to 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:

Business scams

Small businesses are a big target for scammers, who have sophisticated schemes that are hard to spot.

Learn how to recognise and protect your business from:

Updated: 27 May 2020

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