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17 February 2010

Climate change grants and other government grants

SCAMwatch has joined with the Australian Government Department of Climate Change and the Commonwealth Grants Commission to warn consumers about anyone who approaches them with the offer of ‘grants for climate change’ or other government grants.

6 January 2010

Switch over to digital television is ripe for scams

The Australian Government warns consumers to be very wary of door-to-door salespeople offering to sell you digital television products in your home.

5 January 2010

Selling goods through the internet or classifieds?

If you are selling something over the internet or through the classifieds, you may be targeted by scammers posing as legitimate buyers!

18 November 2009

Overcharged bank fees scam

SCAMwatch is warning consumers about hoax offers of assistance to reclaim overcharged bank fees.

11 November 2009

Travelling to the USA?

SCAMwatch is warning all prospective travellers to the United State of America to be wary of unauthorised third party websites.

15 October 2009

SCAMwatch warns about scam business directory offers

SCAMwatch warns businesses to watch out for unsolicited emails or letters that claim to offer 'free' business directory listings.

15 September 2009

It’s not all Pink and rosy—celebrity scams on the rise!

SCAMwatch urges caution when entering competitions or responding to ‘free’ offers online and purchasing concert tickets from fake fan club websites rather than official ticket sellers.

1 May 2009

Credit card scam targeting small businesses

SCAMwatch is warning small to medium businesses to be on the look out for unusual or complicated orders from overseas, particularly orders which are being paid for by credit card.

27 March 2009

Coming soon! Tax bonus payment

SCAMwatch is again warning consumers to be on the lookout for bogus phone calls, emails and other scams relating to the government's economic stimulus package.
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.