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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.

9 September 2010

Fake grants from a fake government department

SCAMwatch and the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government are warning Australians of scammers who call offering fake government grants.

7 September 2010

Beware of scam scratchie cards in your letterbox

If you unexpectedly receive colourful travel brochures in the mail, be very suspicious if the package also contains scratchie card tickets.

23 August 2010

Beware of ‘green scheme’ scammers!

Consumers are urged to beware of scammers who call offering rebates on energy efficient initiatives.

30 July 2010

Scratchie card scams continue

SCAMwatch continues to receive reports about scams involving scratchie cards received in the mail.

9 July 2010

Refund scams: ATO taxes and bank fees

If you receive a call or email claiming you’re entitled to reclaim overpaid tax or bank fees, ignore it – these scams are doing the rounds.

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.

30 June 2010

End of Financial Year: directory and fax back scams targeting small businesses

With the end of the financial year upon us, small businesses across Australia are busy tidying up their financial affairs. However, this time is not only busy for business, but for scammers as well.

11 May 2010

Beware of scammers – offering compensation for disrupted travel plans

The recent volcanic eruption in Iceland resulted in thousands of flights cancelled and travel plans disrupted.

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.