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13 August 2015

Beware of fake lottery and competition 'wins' on social networking platforms

Scamwatch is warning consumers to beware of fake lotteries or competitions on social networking platforms, with scammers using popular platforms to pedal these empty wins.

7 January 2015

Donate safely to bushfire appeals

SCAMwatch is encouraging Australians who are considering donating to bushfire appeals to make sure they double check whether the appeal or its organisers are legitimate so that their generosity reaches victims, not scammers.

18 August 2014

Consumers with a disability – be on guard against scammers trying to take advantage of you

SCAMwatch is warning consumers with a disability to be on guard against scams – unfortunately, scammers target people whom they think may be vulnerable to try and take advantage of them.

21 July 2014

Beware of scammers taking advantage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy

SCAMwatch is warning Australians to be wary of scammers looking to take advantage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy by setting up fake Facebook pages in the name of victims of the tragedy.

2 October 2013

Beware of fake charities

SCAMwatch and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) are reminding people to beware of scammers pretending to represent a charity or not-for-profit organisation.

18 September 2013

Beware of scam surveys and fake free offers

SCAMwatch is reminding people to beware of online scams – surveys, emails and social-media posts – offering fake gift vouchers or other bogus inducements in return for disclosing credit card and other personal information.

18 April 2013

Beware of scammers taking advantage of the Boston marathon tragedy

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to be alert to scammers looking to take advantage of the Boston marathon explosions with malware or donation scams.

28 March 2013

Penalties handed down against operators of charity publications scam targeting small businesses

The operators behind a scam targeting small businesses with false claims about advertising services for publications with a philanthropic slant have been ordered to pay $750,000 in penalties following court action by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

16 January 2013

Beware bogus bushfire appeals – scammers also appeal to your generous side

SCAMwatch is urging consumers considering donating to help those affected by the summer bushfires to make sure that their money goes to a legitimate charity, cause or appeal.

13 December 2012

Don’t be fooled by scams this festive season

SCAMwatch is warning people to be on the lookout this festive season not just for flying reindeer and bargain gifts but also scam surprises wrapped up as the real deal.