Browse news

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 November 2009

Bogus anti-virus alerts

Scamwatch is warning consumers to be wary of bogus security software or 'scareware'.

4 November 2009

Comcover non-refundable loan email

SCAMwatch is warning about an email from Comcover that offers a non-refundable loan

17 September 2009

Patrick Swayze and other celebrity scams—be on guard online

SCAMwatch is urging consumers to be on guard online, even when searching celebrity news items. The latest celebrity scam exploits the death of Patrick Swayze.

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.

16 December 2008

"Your computer is infected" fake anti-virus pop-up alert scams

SCAMwatch warns consumers to be wary of fake anti-virus alerts. NEVER click on pop-up anti-virus alerts.

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.

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.

27 August 2007

Warning: virus-laden email from the 'Australian Office of Fair Trading'

Consumers have reported receiving emails from the 'Australian Office of Fair Trading'. There is no such organisation, and the email's attachment contains a virus.
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!