Browse news

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.

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.

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 August 2008

Beijing Olympic Games tickets scams

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to beware of Beijing Olympic Games tickets scams.

1 July 2008

'Death threat' SMS scam

The Australian community is warned to beware of death threat spam text messages from scammers pretending to be a hired hitman in order to extort thousands of dollars from their victims.

2 October 2007

Scammers target online car buyers

Fake advertisements offering used vehicles for lower than expected prices continue to appear on Australian car websites, online classifieds and online auction sites.

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.