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Australian Federal and State authorities responsible for consumer protection issues.

SCAMwatch is a website run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). SCAMwatch provides information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, avoid and report scams

Little Black Book of Scams provides an essential guide to scams, swindles, rorts and rips offs. An Australian Government publication produced with assistance from fair trading and consumer protection agencies across Australia.

Money Smart  has a great section that explains how scams work, how to identify different scams and what to do if you have been scammed.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is the Federal authority responsible for ensuring individuals and businesses comply with the Commonwealth competition, fair trading and consumer protection laws.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission is the Federal authority which regulates and enforces company and financial services law.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is responsible for the regulation of broadcasting, radio communications, telecommunications and online content, including spam.

The Australian High Tech Crime Centre provides a national coordinated approach to combating serious, complex and multi-jurisdictional high tech crimes, including identity fraud. It is hosted by the Australian Federal Police and is supported by Australian State, Territory and Federal police services.

Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman provides free, independent, informal and speedy resolution to complaints about your telephone or internet provider.

Immigration Department - Learn about migration fraud and discover the truth about misleading information used by fraudulent operators.

The AHTCC is now an operational arm of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) High Tech Crime Operations (HTCO) portfolio, which was formed in March 2008. Please visit the AFP website for relevant information that is maintained by the AFP HTCO portfolio

ACT -  The Office of Regulatory Services

New South Wales - Department of Fair Trading

Northern Territory - Department of Justice: Consumer Affairs

Queensland - Office of Fair Trading

South Australia - Office of Consumer and Business Affairs

Tasmania - Department of Justice: Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading

Victoria - Consumer Affairs Victoria

Other Australian Sites

Australian Consumers’ Association, publisher of CHOICE magazines, website and books, is a not-for-profit organisation which has been researching and campaigning on behalf of consumers since 1959.

Australian Direct Marketing Association is the self-regulatory body for information based marketing. It operates a “Do Not Contact” register.

Distribution Standards Board is the self-regulatory arm of the Australian Catalogue Association. It maintains a database of all known addresses that carry a restrictive sign on the letterbox, and provides free of charge a reflective No Advertising Material sticker.

Smartcompany SmartCompany is a completely free news, information and resource site for Australia's entrepreneurs, small and medium business owners and business managers

Visit the Australian Communication and Media Authority’s mobile premium services – information for consumers web page.

Handy Overseas Sites

Scam Detector an iphone app that exposes in detail 500 of the most popular scams in the world. Learn how they work and protect yourself.

Office of Fair Trading (UK) is the UK's consumer and competition authority. Their mission is to make markets work well for consumers.

Get Safe Online is a United Kingdom government -based campaign and national initiative to teach citizens about basic computer security and internet privacy.

USA Federal Trade Commission enforces federal consumer protection laws that prevent fraud, deception and unfair business practices.

Econsumer.gov is an international joint effort to combat multinational Internet fraud. Its 13 partners include Federal authorities in Australia, New Zealand, UK and the USA.

OnGuard Online is the  USA federal government’s website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online.

New Zealand - The Department of Internal Affairs

Canada - Little black book of scams