Scams Awareness Week
Scams Awareness Week is an annual education and awareness initiative of the Scams Awareness Network, supported by Bank of Melbourne.
Scams cost Australians, businesses and the economy hundreds of millions of dollars each year and cause serious emotional harm to those impacted, and their families - in 2019 alone, reported losses exceeded $634 million*.
Knowing how scams work, and the steps you can take to protect your personal and financial information can help protect you from scams and identity theft.
"Be yourself. Don't let a scammer be you."
Scams are constantly evolving and our growing use and reliance on technology provides scammers more opportunities to trick you into giving away your valuable personal information.
Scammers use personal information to steal identities for personal and financial gain.
Lost personal information also leaves you more susceptible to future scams, as stolen personal information is often sold illegally.
* As reported in the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Targeting scams report.