Fraud and Scams
What is Fraud?
Fraud is broadly defined as an act on behalf of a person that is deceptive or deceitful in some way in that it causes them to receive a benefit that they are not entitled to. In this way some other person or organisation to suffer some disadvantage.
Fraud in New South Wales is a growing problem. With the advent of on-line services and the internet fraud can be committed in dozens of ways.
Victims of Fraud
The victims of fraud can sustain significant financial and psychological harm as a result. The results of this can be devastating for business and individuals therefore society as a whole suffers greatly. Some victims are often of embarrassed that they do not report fraud as they think that Police or their friends and family will think less of them.
Our duty to the people in New South Wales is to try to minimise the amount of fraud and to educate people (both individuals and the business community) about how to minimise risk of fraud affecting you.
The New South Wales Police Force are working with other Australian Government agencies as well as business and community groups to help us address this problem.
Most fraud is investigated at the local level and this form - Fraud Report Form - is required to be completed and lodged prior to an investigation commencing.
Scams are commonplace and they target both businesses and the individual. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission role is to provide information to all Australians in order for them to protect themselves against all types of fraud and scams. The New South Wales Police encourage you to visit their site to familiarise yourself with this type of activity and the latest trends.
Fraud is an ever growing and evolving field. If you have any information about people who are involved in:
- The manufacture of fake identification (including importing of equipment to do this)
- Cheque Washing
- Mail Theft
- Creation of bank accounts and drivers licences whilst using fake details,
- Money laundering
- Or any other type of fraud
The NSW Police Force encourages you report this to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online.
Have you received a letter from the State Crime Command Fraud Squad? Go to our Scams Page.
Want to find out about what types of fraud are prevalent now? Go to our Types of Fraud Page
Fraud Prevention Tips
The NSW Police Force has prepared a series of videos and tip sheets to help you protect yourself against various forms of fraud. These are available on our Crime Prevention Tips page.
- Stay Smart Online – Australian Government's online safety and security website.
- Scamwatch – Provides information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, avoid and report scams.
- ASIC – Australian Securities and Investment Commission (Report suspicious Business activity)
- ACMA – Australian Communications and Media Authority (Report SPAM, unsolicted SMS)
- ACCC – Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Report Scams, large amount of information on consumer awareness information)
- APRA – Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (Oversees conduct of participants of superannuation industry)
- AFP - Australian Federal Police
- AusTRAC – Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre
- BDM - NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (information on reducing identity theft)