Types of Fraud

General Tips to keep scammers at arm’s length

PROTECT YOUR IDENTITYYour personal details are private and invaluable – keep them that way and away from scammers

DON’T RESPONDIgnore suspicious emails, letters, phone calls or text messages – press ‘delete’, throw them out or just hang up

DON’T LET SCAMMERS PUSH YOUR BUTTONSScammers will play on your emotions to get what they want

Watch out for scammers posing as someone that you know and trust, or pretending to know you

Don’t let scammers into your life – protect your identity.

We've outlined some common scams and the steps that you can take to prevent them. These have been divided into two main categories. Please follow these links to find out more.


FIDOThe Australian Securities and Investment Commission website for consumers and investors includes warnings about financial scams, lists of illegal investments and unlicensed overseas callers promoting investment opportunities. It also features case studies about people who were made financial offers that were too good to be true. www.fido.gov.au

Stay Smart Online
The Australian Government's e-security website for home users and small businesses. The site has a range of information and resources, including quizzes, guides, tools, tips and advice on how to use the Internet safely and confidently. www.staysmartonline.gov.au

Protect Your Financial Identity
This website provides information for the public about how to protect your financial identity in everyday life and minimise the damage if a problem occurs. This website has been developed by the Australian Bankers Association, the Australian High Tech Crime Centre and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. www.protectfinancialid.org.au

ID Theft Booklet
A booklet produced by the Attorney-General's Department to help you prevent and respond to identity theft. http://www.ag.gov.au/identitysecurity