The Labor Party has vowed to set up a hub for monitoring and preventing scams if it is voted into Parliament at the next election to address the rising number of scams in Australia.
The hub, labelled as an anti-scam centre, would look to make existing regulators, law enforcement officers, banks, telcos, and social media platforms all work together under the same umbrella to address scams.
“AU$33 billion a year is being lost to criminals … We’ve got to do more. We’ve got to crack down on the illegal activity and we’ve got to do what we can to get the vectors of illegal activity, ensuring that they’re doing their bit as well,” Shadow Assistant Treasurer Stephen Jones said.
In a scam report published by Microsoft in July, the company said 68% of Australians encountered some form of tech support scam, which was nine percentage points higher than the global average. In another scam report, Australia and New Zealand Group said it has seen a 73% increase in scams being detected or reported by customers, compared to the same time last year.
The Labor party also wants to create a new code of practice for fighting against scams and allocate AU$3 million over