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The following scams have come across the SCAMwatch radar in recent times. This list is designed to highlight widespread or novel scams that have been reported to SCAMwatch. It is not an exhaustive list of scams that operate in Australia.

You should remember that even if an offer you have received does not appear on this list, it could still be a scam. Be sure to check out the information about common types of scams on the navigation bar to the left.

Remember, if you come across something you are not sure about, exercise caution. Your best defence against scams is to say no, or don't respond. If you are interested in an offer that has been made to you, make sure you seek independent advice before going any further.

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SCAMwatch radar warnings and alerts:










  • November 2007: SCAMwatch is warning punters to be on the lookout for betting software scams during the Spring Racing Carnival.
  • October 2007: Scam emails pretending to be from RAC Finance Limited, part of the Western Australian Royal Automobile Club (RAC) are targeting Australians with fake job offers.
  • October 2007: Fake advertisements offering used vehicles for lower than expected prices continue to appear on Australian car websites, online classifieds and online auction sites.
  • September 2007: Classified ads offering non-existent pedigree puppies have resurfaced in local newspapers across the country, as well as online classifieds.
  • August 2007: Consumers have reported receiving emails from the 'Australian Office of Fair Trading'. There is no such organisation, and the email's attachment contains a virus.
  • More than $300,000 will be returned to consumers who were victims of North American-based scams after Australian Competition and Consumer Commission court intervention.
  • Australians who use the internet to buy goods from overseas should be wary of fake emails asking them to pay 'Customs' a range of fees, duty or taxes before their goods are released to them.
  • Small business operators and individuals with their own internet sites continue to be confused and caught out by unsolicited letters warning them that their internet domain name is due to expire an...
  • Has your small business received a form from a Spanish publishing company inviting you to confirm or update your details for inclusion in one of its European advertising guides or business director...
  • March 2007: Scams target you—Protect your identity is the latest message from the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce. Treat your personal details like you would treat money—don't leave them...
  • March 2007: Scams target you - Protect your computer is the latest message from the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce. Your computer can be attacked by phishing scams, spam, dodgy 'pop-ups' or ...
  • March 2007: Scams target you - Protect your phone is the latest message from the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce. Phone scams can happen without you even knowing.
  • March 2007: Scams target you - protect your money is the latest message from the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true - it probably is.
  • March 2007: The Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce (ACFT) today launched scams awareness month, a 4 week initiative to help you protect yourself from scams.
  • February 2007: Valentine's Day is here again, but unwary romantics beware … you could end up losing more than your heart if you fall for a fraud.
  • February 2007: Spam emails offering an enticing part time, work-from-home income of $5000 per month have begun to appear in Australian email inboxes.
  • January 2007: Classified ads offering Bulldog and Yorkie puppies are one of the latest scams making their way into local newspapers across the country and on-line classifieds.


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