Message from the Chief Commissioner

Crime Prevention & Community Safety

Release date: Wed 17 June 2009

Last updated: Mon 17 August 2015



What is fraud?

Fraud is best described as any deceitful or intentionally dishonest conduct, involving acts or omissions or the making of false statements, orally or in writing, with the objective of obtaining money or other benefit from a person/organisation for him/herself or another, or evading a liability. In simple terms, using deceit to obtain an advantage (property or financial) or to avoid an obligation. Defrauding people of money is the most common type of fraud.

The Australian Federal Police has primary law enforcement responsibility for investigating serious or complex fraud and corruption against the Commonwealth. The Fraud and Anti-Corruption (FAC) business area enhances the AFP response to serious and complex fraud against the Commonwealth, corruption by Australian Government employees, foreign bribery and complex identity crime involving the manufacture and abuse of credentials.

What is a scam?

A scam, or confidence trick, is an attempt to intentionally mislead a person or persons usually with the goal of financial or other gain. Scams try to exploit human weaknesses, such as greed, dishonesty, vanity, and also virtues like honesty and compassion. In a traditional confidence trick, a person is led to believe that he or she will be able to win money by doing a task.

For further information regarding scams, go to SCAMwatch

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.

 More information

Visit Stay Smart Online, the Australian Government's online safety and security website, designed to help everyone understand the risks and simple steps we can take to protect our personal and financial information online.







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