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6 April 2020

Scammers targeting superannuation in COVID-19 crisis

Scammers are now trying to exploit Australians financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with new superannuation scams being reported to Scamwatch in recent weeks.
10 March 2020

Gen Z the fastest growing victims of scams

Australians under 25 lost over $5 million to scams in 2019 and reports made from this age group are increasing faster than older generations.

7 October 2019

A quick guide to your personal data for Stay Smart Online Week 2019

Stay Smart Online Week is an annual event focused on empowering people, businesses and the community to protect themselves online.
11 February 2019

Warning about 'emergency' text messages

Scamwatch is warning members of the public about a spate of text messages asking for emergency assistance.
24 May 2018

Business losses to scams up 23 per cent

Scammers swindled nearly $4.7 million from Australian businesses in 2017 according to the ACCC’s latest Targeting scams report – a 23 per cent increase compared to 2016.

21 September 2010

Mystery shopper jobs

SCAMwatch and South Australian Police are warning Australian job hunters to be wary of a mystery shopper job scam.

10 February 2010

Put the freeze on Winter Olympics holiday job scams

SCAMwatch warns consumers to be wary of advance fee fraud disguised as bogus job offers.

8 September 2009

Business opportunity scams

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to be extremely cautious about getting involved in business opportunity schemes that promise a lot of income for little or no effort.

31 October 2007

Money transfer scammers misuse RAC name

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.

5 February 2007

Fake 'Australian Chamber of Commerce' job offer

Spam emails offering an enticing part time, work-from-home income of $5000 per month have begun to appear in Australian email inboxes.