Scams targeting business

If you're a small business owner, you need to be aware that you're a target for scammers.

Scammers will often go to great lengths to convince you that their offer or request is legitimate, so it's important that you remain aware of typical scams and know what to do if you're targeted.

While you may think that scammers will be easy to spot, many businesses still fall prey to common scams. In 2011 and 2012, more than 1 million fraudulent transactions were recorded in Australia.

Common scams targeting business

  • Grant related scams
  • Tax time scams - this includes tax refund and phishing scams
  • Online scams - including internet website domain name scams
  • False billing scams
  • Identity theft scams
  • Charity scams.

Keep a watchful eye out for anything suspicious, and do your research into any offers you might receive, especially through your email. If you think you've been the victim of a scam, report the scam online, or call the SCAMwatch Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) infocentre hotline on 1300 795 995.

What to do...

Thanks for your feedback. If you have any ideas on how we can improve, we'd love to hear them.

Please provide your comments in the feedback form.

You might also be interested in