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Banking & online account 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
Watch out when booking your winter getaway
May 2013: SCAMwatch is warning consumers to be wary when making plans for a holiday escape this winter.
Penalties handed down against operators of charity publications scam targeting small businesses
March 2013: The operators behind a scam targeting small businesses with false claims about advertising services for publications with a philanthropic slant have been ordered to pay $750,000 in pena...
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Protect yourself from charity scams
In conjunction with the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce and the ACCC, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission has provided some tips on how to protect yourself from charity scams.
ACCC 2012 Targeting scams report released: $93 million lost to scams
The ACCC has released its 2012 Targeting scams report - its fourth annual report into scam activity and consumer fraud affecting Australians.
National Consumer Fraud Week 2013 is here!!
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