Browse news

19 September 2008

Telemarketing calls promising 'free' holidays

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to be wary of telemarketing calls informing recipients that they have won a 'free' holiday.

20 August 2008

Fake rental properties and shared accommodation listings

SCAMwatch is warning prospective tenants to be wary when responding to rental properties advertised on the net where the 'owner' makes various excuses as to why you can't inspect the property but insists on an upfront payment for rent or deposit.

7 August 2008

Inheritance scam in your letterbox

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

4 August 2008

Beijing Olympic Games tickets scams

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to beware of Beijing Olympic Games tickets scams.

2 October 2007

Scammers target online car buyers

Fake advertisements offering used vehicles for lower than expected prices continue to appear on Australian car websites, online classifieds and online auction sites.

4 September 2007

Cute puppies for sale? Don’t be fooled

Classified ads offering non-existent pedigree puppies have resurfaced in local newspapers across the country, as well as online classifieds.

16 March 2007

Scams target you! Protect your computer...

Scams target you - Protect your computer is the latest message from the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce. Your computer can be attacked by phishing scams, spam, dodgy 'pop-ups' or malware – and you may not even realise it!

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”.