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2 November 2011

Avoid 2012 London Olympics accommodation scams

SCAMwatch is joining the UK Metropolitan Police Service in warning of online accommodation booking scams in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

26 August 2011

Beware of scam websites making fake claims of government affiliation

SCAMwatch is warning small businesses and consumers to be on the look out for scam websites that either falsely claim to be affiliated with government or boast bogus government endorsements.

13 May 2011

Beware of scam phone surveys which lead to other scam calls

SCAMwatch is warning Australians to be alert to scam telephone surveys which gather your personal and banking information and use it to make future scam phone calls you receive appear legitimate.

29 April 2011

Make mum’s day, not a scammer’s!

If you’re shopping online for a Mother’s Day gift be alert! Scammers use online classifieds and auction sites to post scam ads, taking your money but leaving you without that perfect gift for mum!

9 February 2011

Don’t let scalpers spoil your sporting events and festivals

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to be vigilant when buying 2011 Rugby World Cup tickets and festival tickets online.

12 November 2010

Looking for rental properties online? Watch out for scams!

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to be on the lookout for scam online classified ads for residential and holiday rental properties.

5 November 2010

Don’t be grounded by flight booking scams

SCAMwatch is advising travellers to check the authenticity of flight booking websites before making any reservations for domestic and international travel.

8 October 2010

Scammers offer ‘guaranteed’ Australian visas

SCAMwatch and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) are warning people who wish to visit or migrate to Australia to be cautious of people offering ‘guaranteed’ Australian visas.

6 September 2010

Do not pay for the Do Not Call Register

Don’t let someone trick you into paying to have your number listed on the Australian Government’s free Do Not Call Register.

3 September 2010

Aussie veterans targeted by scam

SCAMwatch is warning veterans to be cautious of potential scammers posing as representatives from the Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).