Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network

Scam Warning

Australian police are aware of an email scam where users are requested to pay bitcoin to prevent the release of embarrassing footage. The scammers attempt to establish credibility by including one of the user’s actual passwords, sourced from previous data leaks published on the internet. The threats are not credible and no footage exists. The emails should be disregarded.

Domestic/Family violence

Domestic/Family violence matters whether current, historical or possible breaches of orders ARE NOT to be referred to ACORN.  Please contact your local police station or in urgent matters call ‘000'.

ACORN Impersonation Scam Warning

The Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) is aware that scammers are sending emails claiming to be from an ACORN government official. These fraudulent emails are being sent from gmail accounts. The emails are false and should be immediately deleted and reported at Do not reply to these emails.

Police agencies investigating ACORN reports will only contact you directly via an official email account or telephone call and they will quote the reference number you automatically receive when lodging an ACORN report. No legitimate requests for personal information will come from a gmail account or via social media channels. Legitimate requests will never ask that you provide them with remote access to your computer,  that you make electronic funds transfers to a third party, or download software.