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Banking & online account scams
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Requests for your account information ('phishing' scams)
Chain letters and pyramid scams
Dating & romance 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
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
Telephone calls alleging fake arrest warrants used to scam money
April 2015: SCAMwatch is warning consumers to be aware of calls from scammers falsely claiming to be from the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) or Australian Tax Office (ATO).
Beware of NBN scams
13 March 2015: SCAMwatch is warning consumers and businesses to be aware of NBN-related scams seeking to get your personal details or asking you to buy equipment you don’t need.
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2015 National Consumer Fraud Week
The 2015 National Consumer Fraud Week will run from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 May.
Online dating industry report
February 2015: This Valentine’s Day, SCAMwatch is warning the online dating community to beware of any love interest who asks for money. SCAMwatch is also asking the online dating industry to play its part in disrupting romance scams.
ACCC email scam hoax
The ACCC is warning consumers to be on guard against scam emails impersonating the agency.
Australian Bureau of Statistics warns Victorians about phishing scam
The ABS is advising the Victorian community to be aware of a scam in which scammers call pretending to be from the ABS and ask people for their personal information.
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