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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.

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.

26 February 2014

Don’t be fooled by a fake franchise

SCAMwatch is warning people thinking about buying a franchise or small business to beware of exciting new franchise opportunities that may actually be scams.

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 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.

18 March 2011

Avoid charity scams – Japan earthquake disaster

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to thoroughly check the legitimacy of charities when donating to Japan disaster relief.

10 January 2011

Donate wisely - Central Queensland flood crisis

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to thoroughly check the legitimacy of charities when donating to help flood victims in central and south east Queensland.