Browse news

23 March 2011

New twist on computer error message/virus scams: joint warning

SCAMwatch, Microsoft and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) are warning Australians to continue to be wary of scam calls claiming that your computer is infected with a virus or is sending out error messages.

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.

2 July 2010

Telemarketing scam: your computer has a virus!

Don’t let a scammer scare you into believing your computer is infected with a virus.

19 January 2010

Haiti crisis scams

Australians eager to help the nation of Haiti recover from the earthquake that struck on 12 January 2010 are being warned to be alert and ensure that they are not taken in by scammers.

6 January 2010

The National Breast Cancer Foundation pink logo

Australia’s National Breast Cancer Foundation has raised concerns over unauthorised use of the trusted pink ribbon logo in relation to marketing of health-related products online.

11 February 2009

Victorian bushfire appeal scams

SCAMwatch is warning consumers wanting to contribute to the Victorian bushfire appeals to be on alert to ensure they are not taken in by scammers.

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”.