You may also contact your state regulators (for example, consumer protection office) to report fraud.
Violations of federal laws should be reported to the federal agency responsible for enforcement.
Similar to the ACCC, the companies use this information to inform preventative scam strategies, not investigate individual matters.
Each company will handle your personal information in accordance with the Australian Privacy Principles (opens in new window).
Among the more sophisticated verification methods, Brooks says, is the principle of social authentication — in which profile information is matched with data from the user's social media accounts to better verify that the person is real.Someone you have started to develop a relationship with online might first ask for money for travel costs, or say they have lost their plane ticket so need to borrow some cash for a new one.They might say a family member is ill and they need funds for urgent medical treatment.According to recent figures, these requests for cash appear to be working.There were 651 dating scams reported in the three months to August this year, with the average victim paying out £9,589.There are many different types of fraud and each may be reported differently.