Australians fell prey to online scams to the tune of around $AUD93.5 million in 2012, and reported nearly 84,000 “scam-related contacts” to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The Commission has just released the results of its 2012 report on scam activity, published as part of Australia's National Consumer Fraud Week 2013. There's good news in the report, since 88 percent of the people reporting scams to the ACCC also reported that they suffered no financial loss (that is, they didn't fall for the scam), and most of those reporting loss were taken down for less than $500. The latter, the watchdog says, indicates that scammers prefer to buy their suckers in big-box outlets rather than one-by-one.
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