Australian Scam Survey Now Open To Public
Australia – (News4us.com) January 17, 2012
The Australasian Consumer Fraud Task Force (ACFT) and the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) are at the forefront of gathering the latest information on fraud and the ever-changing trend of scams within Australia.
This is carried out through a national online survey, which is conducted annually and overseen by AIC Principal Criminologist, Dr Russell Smith and Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and Chair of the ACFT Dr Michael Schaper.
The public is urged to go online and give as much information as possible on fraudulent scams they have encountered throughout the year, including calls from an overseas call centre trying to con money from householders, or email advance fee fraud scams, and even traditional post scams is covered in the survey.
Dr Smith stated. “If you have come in contact with such a consumer scam, or know someone else who has, please take the opportunity to fill in our short, confidential survey at http://aic.gov.au/crime_community/surveys/acft.aspx .
The last survey results showed that scammers are on the rise in ever increasing numbers.
Especially in the use of landlines from call centres and mobile phone SMS texts.
Providing consumers with information is still seen as the most important way to combat fraudulent scams.
Recognising a scam before it unfolds is paramount to avoiding it.
“This survey will increase our knowledge of how scams work and help us more effectively warn consumers,” Dr Michael Schaper said.
The Australian public is encouraged to fill out the survey with any information they have on scams that they have come across and in particular how they responded to them.
All information passed on is kept in the strictest of confidence and the survey itself takes only minutes to complete.
The survey itself will be online for three months and will assist Australian law enforcement agencies get a clearer picture of how to reduce scam activities in the future.
To report a scam or find out more relevant information, contact the ACCC’s SCAMwatch hotline on 1300 795 995 (for TTY service call 1300 303 609)
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