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What to do if you've been scammed

Take these steps fast if you suspect a scam

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Think you have been scammed? These steps will help you take action quickly to stop the scammers and limit the damage.

Know that you are not alone and you can recover from this. There is support available, if and when you need it.

Act fast if you've been scammed

If you've been scammed, follow these steps to take action.

  1. Don't send any more money. Block all contact from the scammer.
  2. Contact your bank or financial institution immediately to report the scam. Ask them to stop any transactions.
  3. Warn your family and friends about the scam, so they can watch out for potential follow up scams.

If you've paid a scammer

If you've paid a scammer in any of these ways, here's what to do:

If a scammer has your personal information

For example, if your personal details (like name, phone, email, address, identity documents) have been leaked in a data breach. Here's what to do:

For more tips, see identity theft.

If a scammer has accessed your computer or phone 

A scammer pretends to be from your internet or phone provider. They say you have a technical problem and ask for access to your device. Then they infect it with a virus, to steal your passwords and financial information. Here's what to do:

You could also get an IT professional to check your devices in-person.

Watch out for follow up scams

If you've been caught up in a scam, you may be targeted in a follow-up scam. Hang up the call, or block emails or text messages, if someone:

These are all tricks scammers use to get more money from you.

Help to stop the scam

Report any scams to your bank or financial institution straight away to avoid losing any more money. You may not be able to get your money back once it's been paid to a scammer. But reporting it will help stop them scamming someone else.

Agencies use the information you give to build cases against scammers. They also educate the public and share data about what’s happening.

If you’ve been targeted by a scammer, report it to:

All scams
Banking and credit card scams
  • your bank or financial institution
Fraud and theft
  • your local police — call 131 444
  • ReportCyber — if you think your personal information has been used

Financial and investment scams

Including those involving superannuation, managed funds, financial advice, financial products and insurance

Crypto-asset scams
Tax related scams
Superannuation scams
Social media scams
  • the social media platform — to help prevent others from being scammed 

Get support after being scammed

If a scam is causing you problems with debt, talk to a financial counsellor. This is a free and confidential service to help you get your finances back on track.

Being scammed is a horrible experience. If you need someone to talk to (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) contact: