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Banking & online account scams
Credit card scams
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Requests for your account information ('phishing' scams)
Chain letters and pyramid scams
Health & medical scams
Fake online pharmacies
Weight loss scams
Identity theft scams
Cold calling (investment telemarketing)
Investment seminars & real estate scams
Share promotions & 'hot tips'
Sports investment scams
Job & employment scams
Business opportunity scams
Guaranteed employment / income scams
Work from home scams
Lottery and competition scams (fake prizes)
Lottery and sweepstake scams
Mobile phone scams
Missed calls & text messages from unknown numbers
Ring tone scams
SMS competition & trivia scams
Money transfer requests ('Nigerian' scams)
Cheque overpayment scams
'Nigerian 419' scams
Transferring money for someone else
Up-front payment scams
Auction & shopping scams
Domain name renewal scams
'Free' offers on the internet
Spam (junk mail) offers
Spyware & key-loggers
Dating & romance scams
Door-to-door & home maintenance scams
Erase your hard drive before disposing of old computers
Grooming scam victims
Psychic & clairvoyant scams
Social networking scams
‘Whaling’ and ‘spear phishing’ scams
Small business scams
Directories & advertising (false billing)
Fax back scams
Office supply scams
Beware of scammers taking advantage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy
July 2014: SCAMwatch is warning Australians to be wary of scammers looking to take advantage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy by setting up fake Facebook pages in the name of victims of...
Don’t let scammers ‘tax' you this tax time
July 2014: SCAMwatch and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) are urging consumers and small businesses to be aware of scammers taking advantage of the busy nature of tax time to target you.
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ACCC 2013 Targeting scams report released
The ACCC has released its 2013 annual report on scams activity, which reveals that nearly $90 million was reported lost to the ACCC as a result of scams activity.
‘Know who you’re dealing with’ video released
As part of the 2014 National Consumer Fraud Week ‘Know who you’re dealing with’ campaign, the ACCC has released this video on relationship scams and how to identify a scammer.
2014 National Consumer Fraud Week is here!
This year’s annual Fraud Week campaign, ‘Know who you’re dealing with’, runs Monday 16 to Sunday 22 June 2014, focusing on relationship scams.
SBS Insight: Online dating scam victims share their experiences
Jenny Brockie leads a discussion involving scam victims, police and industry exploring just how devastating dating and romance scams can be, and what is being done to help them.
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