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6 January 2010

Switch over to digital television is ripe for scams

The Australian Government warns consumers to be very wary of door-to-door salespeople offering to sell you digital television products in your home.

18 November 2009

Overcharged bank fees scam

SCAMwatch is warning consumers about hoax offers of assistance to reclaim overcharged bank fees.

15 October 2009

SCAMwatch warns about scam business directory offers

SCAMwatch warns businesses to watch out for unsolicited emails or letters that claim to offer 'free' business directory listings.

1 May 2009

Credit card scam targeting small businesses

SCAMwatch is warning small to medium businesses to be on the look out for unusual or complicated orders from overseas, particularly orders which are being paid for by credit card.

27 March 2009

Coming soon! Tax bonus payment

SCAMwatch is again warning consumers to be on the lookout for bogus phone calls, emails and other scams relating to the government's economic stimulus package.
7 August 2008

Inheritance scam in your letterbox

The Australian community is warned to be wary of inheritance scam letters from scammers.

20 June 2008

Medical directory scams targeting doctors' surgeries/clinics

Doctors' clinics are warned to beware of aggressive marketing techniques engaged by some advertising companies offering listings in medical directories.

12 July 2007

Domain name renewals – don't be dot conned!

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 and must be renewed, or offering them a new domain name similar to their current one.
24 April 2007

Not all publicity is good publicity

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 directories?
28 November 2006

A personal request from “The Reserve Bank of Australia”? Not likely!

Scammers often use the names of non-existent realistic sounding institutions like “the Federal Bank of South Africa” or “the European Consumer Protection Bureau”.