Australian ACCC receives 12,000 online scam complaints

Online scams were the source of close to 12,000 complaints to the ACCC in the 2008-09 period, yet the consumer watchdog “concluded” just two instances of what it believed be cybercrime-related breaches to the Trade Practices Act.Speaking at the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications into cybercrime, ACCC group general manager, Enforcement Operations Scott Gregson said the decision to take action in two out of 11,998 cases was based on focusing the agency’s resources on the “matters that will deliver the maximum benefit to consumers.”

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