ACCC in bid to stop Australians falling victim to dating scams

By Amy Bainbridge

ACCC deputy chairwoman Delia Rickard told the ABC the watchdog is working with agencies, such as AUSTRAC, to identify people who may be implicated in scams.

The consumer watchdog has launched national action against romance and dating scams in a bid to protect the thousands of Australians affected each year.

In June, the watchdog’s Targeting Scams Report found Australians lost $25 million to dating and romance scams last year.

The report also found dating and romance scams topped the list of financial losses through scams for 2013 and affected thousands of Australians.

“So we run a range of filters over it and those names that are left, where we are concerned they are being scammed, we’re getting in contact with these people to say ‘we think you could be scammed, these are some of the stories scammers tell’.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)’s Scam Disruption Project will notify potential victims by analysing international transaction data to detect patterns consistent with fraudulent activity.

“What we are doing is we are using intelligence to identify people who we suspect are sending money to scammers,” she said.

Infographic: Tips from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) about how to detect possible internet scams.

Read more here: ABC


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