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3 December 2010

End of year travel? Don’t let scammers take you for a ride

SCAMwatch is warning travellers to be cautious if they are approached on holidays by strangers offering travel club memberships which seem too good to be true.

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.

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.

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

Pedigree pups at prices too good to be true

SCAMwatch is again warning consumers to be cautious of classified ads for pedigree pups at prices that are too good to be true.

23 August 2010

Beware of ‘green scheme’ scammers!

Consumers are urged to beware of scammers who call offering rebates on energy efficient initiatives.

16 July 2010

Spam SMS: Report it!

Are you an avid mobile phone texter, using SMS to keep in contact with friends and family? Watch out - scammers love texting too.

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.