24 May 2018 Business losses to scams up 23 per cent Scammers swindled nearly $4.7 million from Australian businesses in 2017 according to the ACCC’s latest Targeting scams report – a 23 per cent increase compared to 2016. 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. 30 June 2012 Beware of “voucher prize” scam text messages SCAMwatch is warning consumers not to respond to text messages which claim you have won a voucher 16 July 2010 Spam SMS: Report it! Are you an avid mobile phone texter, using SMS to keep in contact with friends and family? Watch out - scammers love texting too. 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”. 29 September 2006 A job transferring money? Beware of dirty tricks and dirty money Have you recently received a spam email offering you work as a 'transfer manager' or 'financial' manager for an overseas company? These 'job offers' are scams!