2018 Scam Awareness Week

Posted on: Wednesday, 9 May 2018 at 2:18:31 PM

Since 2011, the ACCC, as chair of the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce (now known as the Scams Awareness Network or SAN) has led a major annual scams awareness campaign, the National Consumer Fraud Week (now known as Scams Awareness Week).

This campaign has a different theme each year and provides an opportunity for SAN members to continue to raise public awareness and disrupt scam activity by equipping people with the knowledge to identify and avoid scams. Scamwatch data from the previous calendar year is referred to in these campaigns.

This year’s campaign will run from Monday 21 to Friday 25 May 2018 and will focus on threat-based impersonation scams with the slogan ‘Stop and check: is this for real?’.

Threat-based impersonation scams include a number of approaches where scammers impersonate a government agency or trusted company and make threats of fines, arrest, court action, and even deportation to scare victims into making payments to them or giving them their personal information.

The ACCC releases its annual Targeting scams report on the first day of Scams Awareness Week every year. This report discusses scam trends, statistics and the activities of relevant organisations to combat scams in the previous calendar year. The ACCC’s 2017 Targeting scams report will be released on 21 May 2018.

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