Scamwatch Statistics

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Dear Australian Competition and Consumer Commission,

As a Security Researcher working on a piece about cybersecurity training for young people, I have been reviewing the Budd-e cyber smart programme, and was interested to find a great deal of importance attached to the reporting of scams and other online threats (Specifically to Scamwatch).

As such I am interested in the statistics ie how many scams have been reported to your organisation, how many of these have come from young people and what the outcomes have been, ie where action has been taken and what that action was, ie was it referred to another department or was a conviction recorded.

As such I am seeking access to reports and statistics of the scamwatch programme.

Your help would be much appreciated, and will go towards my endeavours to help keep young people safe online.

Many Thanks

Eric P

FOI, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Good afternoon Eric.

In May 2015 a report on scams activity in the year 2014 was released by the ACCC. This report answers your questions and can be found here. A report on scams activity for 2015 has not yet been released.

If you have any further questions, please contact me on the number below.


William Herron
FOI Coordinator
Corporate and Regulatory Law Unit | Legal Group
Australian Competition & Consumer Commission
23 Marcus Clarke Street Canberra 2601
T: +61 0 6243 1325 | F: +61 0 6243 1210

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