Here’s how you can become more scam savvy

The ACCC has released a handy weapon to help you become more scam savvy.

The little black book of scams

Each week it seems a new scam threatens to strip us of our hard-earned money or steal our identity. So the ACCC has released The Little Black Book of Scams to help Australians become more scam savvy.

Scammers don’t discriminate. Any age, height, weight, or income bracket is a viable target for cyber criminals. That’s why there’s a scam aimed at every walk of life.

From property investment scams, supermarket gift card scams and fake lotteries, to the Prince of Nigeria asking you for $100 so he can free up $10 million, scams may have once been quite noticeable, but they’re getting more subtle and harder to spot with each passing iteration.

The Little Black Book of Scams was designed to help people identify suspicious activities and to protect them from various types of fraudsters. It’s updated each year, so as the scams evolve, so too does The Little Black Book of Scams, keeping you one step ahead of cyber crooks.

So, why not download your copy from the Scamwatch website?



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    25th Apr 2017
    I would rather suspect this 'Little Black Book' is keeping us about 12 months behind the scammers, rather than up to date. Now if it was an on-line resource, like 'Hoax Slayer', I would give it more credibility.
    Polly Esther
    25th Apr 2017
    Please don't be so negative Eddy, I sent away for one and it is a very good informative publication. It only took around 7 days to reach me too, even travelling by 'snail mail'. Don't suspect, experience it.
    Have a nice day :)
    25th Apr 2017
    Polly, I wasn't questioning the quality of the book, the promptness of delivery or the accuracy of the information inside, only it's currency. Scammers are not stupid, even a book printed 3 months ago is at least 3 months out of date.
    25th Apr 2017
    Polly,...could you please tell me the address to ask for 'Little Black Book' to be
    sent in the mail. Good to have on hand & maybe save unnecessary worry !
    25th Apr 2017
    lindyloo go to and click on the hard copy button or you can download the pdf copy if you want it.
    Polly Esther
    25th Apr 2017
    Thank you Autumn :)
    26th Apr 2017
    Those overseas peoople saying they are from Telstra are back again. They told me that my computer was sending unwanted messages. So I said send them back again. They then hung up after asking me to repeat it.
    26th Apr 2017
    Watch those ones that give you something for free if you pay postage by credit card. They just want your credit card details.

    8th Feb 2020
    I lost about $45,000 to crypto investment scam just recently. The company posed as an investment company that could deliver a certain percentage in returns if you deposit your Bitcoin with them. At first, it seemed real, it worked twice. I didn't realize they set up a bot(robot) that will completely shutdown your account after you have decided to invest high. I suddenly couldn’t access my profile, I complained to the admin, he gave a excuses that they had a downtime and needed to upgrade their website, this took over 2 months. Within that period,I begin to suspect i have been scammed. I contacted my bank to see if they could do anything about this situation, they couldn’t. Local police say it’s impossible to get my money back.Also complained on a site like this and I was referred to Fundsrecovery01 @g-mailc-om. I messaged them via mail,they ask some questions which I provided without giving out any personal information, within a week I was given access to my money back This has made the year fabulous for me because I was really frustrated as I invested all my savings. Give them a try and recover your lost fund in no time.

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