Humbugging typically takes the form of demands for cash, with wives and the elderly being particular targets. The problem is particularly acute in communities where residents receive money from mining royalties, tourism revenue and artwork sales – prominent victims include artist Emily Kngwarreye. Even victim's crime compensation can be humbugged, in some cases by the criminals themselves.
"A responsible carer for her grandchild faces intimidation and threats of violence from intoxicated young men if she does not go to an automated teller and hand over money."The changes, however, raised concerns that humbugging would increase. Central to the government's intervention was a plan to quarantine welfare payments to parents who neglected their children. Old-age pensioners in Aboriginal communities predicted that relatives whose benefits had been cut in this way would demand more money from them.