9 September 2010 Fake grants from a fake government department SCAMwatch and the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government are warning Australians of scammers who call offering fake government grants. 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). 1 September 2010 Telstra warns of email scam targeting BigPond customers Don’t let scam emails fool you into providing your personal details. 23 August 2010 Beware of ‘green scheme’ scammers! Consumers are urged to beware of scammers who call offering rebates on energy efficient initiatives. 9 July 2010 Refund scams: ATO taxes and bank fees If you receive a call or email claiming you’re entitled to reclaim overpaid tax or bank fees, ignore it – these scams are doing the rounds. 21 May 2010 Scammers pretending to represent Medicare and Centrelink Recently, Medicare and Centrelink have received reports of scammers posing as employees asking recipients for their personal information. 11 May 2010 Beware of scammers – offering compensation for disrupted travel plans The recent volcanic eruption in Iceland resulted in thousands of flights cancelled and travel plans disrupted. 17 February 2010 Climate change grants and other government grants SCAMwatch has joined with the Australian Government Department of Climate Change and the Commonwealth Grants Commission to warn consumers about anyone who approaches them with the offer of ‘grants for climate change’ or other government grants. 3 February 2010 Australian Taxation Office tax refund online! SCAMwatch is warning Australians to be on the lookout for an email purporting to be from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) trying to trick consumers into providing their private details. 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.