ASIC has today strengthened its scam prevention tools to support consumers with the publication of a new investor alert list. Consumers can use this list to help inform themselves as to whether an entity they are considering investing in could be fraudulent, a scam or unlicensed.
Read More New Investor Alert List Replaces ‘Companies you should not deal with’
At a press conference today, Assistant Treasurer Stephen Jones outlined a new scam website takedown capability implemented by ASIC. The takedown capability removes or limits access to fraudulent and malicious websites on the internet and expands on a three-week trial ASIC conducted in 2022.
Read More ASIC Takes Down Over 2,000 Investment Scam and Phishing Websites
ASIC has today launched a consumer campaign to raise awareness of the risk associated with investment hype to coincide with the Australian release of Dumb Money, a new film about the GameStop short squeeze episode in 2021.
Read More ‘Don’t get burnt by hype’ the Launch of ASIC’s Latest Consumer Awareness Campaign
The Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) has recently published (19/10/2023) its latest ‘Systemic Issues Insights Report’, covering the second half of the 2022 to 2023 financial year. During that time AFCA received 81 reports, 55 of which were related to systemic matters.
Read More Australian Financial Complaints Authority Latest ‘Systemic Issues Insights Report’
Original media release from the ACCC, 03/07/2023. The National Anti-Scam Centre will coordinate an investment scam fusion cell to combat the growing problem of investment scams, which are costing Australians more than $1 billion a year. The fusion cell will be led by the ACCC and ASIC and include representatives from the banks, telecommunications industry…
Read More National Anti-Scam Centre’s First Fusion Cell to Disrupt Investment Scams
Despite this slight decrease in resolutions and the facilitation of other outcomes (such as correcting the status of an account), AFCA also so over $28 million more go to consumers then in the previous financial year
Read More AFCA Publishes Second Systemic Issues Insights Report
With the release of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority’s (APRA) ‘Choice Heatmap‘ which provides greater performance transparency and scrutiny on various multi-sector Choice investment options, Super Consumers Australia (SCA) released a media statement on 26/04/2023 (below) calling for more transparency and testing while emphasising the specific vulnerability of Australian retirees: “It is appalling that after…
Read More “Some super funds shouldn’t be in the market”
ASIC has made a product intervention order banning the issue and distribution of binary options to retail clients. The ban will take effect from Monday 3 May 2021 after ASIC found that binary options have resulted in and are likely to result in significant detriment to retail clients. This is an ASIC media release, originally published…
Read More ASIC bans the sale of binary options to retail clients
Queensland’s Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is advising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consumers to protect themselves after it was revealed they had lost millions of dollars to scammers. Fair Trading Executive Director Brian Bauer said Indigenous Australians last year reported more than 2,700 scams resulting in $2.1 million in losses, and that figure was…
Read More Indigenous Australians lose millions to scammers
ASIC warns consumers about investment advertising that compares fixed-term investment products to bank term deposits. A surge in such marketing of fixed-term investment products in recent months has prompted ASIC to caution consumers to take care making investment decisions based on such advertising. ASIC is monitoring such advertising and the entities involved because of reports…
Read More ASIC warns consumers: Investment advertising is not always ‘true to label’
Potentially misleading claims re “capital protected products”
Read More ASIC concerns see CBA and HSBC change advertising