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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 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.

3 September 2009

Canadian scammer fined millions—scammers beware!

SCAMwatch is pleased to report a major win in the fight against scammers obtained in Canada this week.

20 August 2009

Grand Sands Casino fake prize SMS scam!

SCAMwatch is warning Australians to be on the lookout for a new telemarketing scam where scammers send text messages to advise consumers they have won ‘third prize’ in a bogus prize draw.

18 May 2009

SMS windfall for scammers

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to watch out for an unsolicited text message announcing an unexpected win.

13 May 2009

Fake Myer gift card

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to be wary of spam emails promising a $500 Myer gift card, which may actually be a ruse to steal your money and personal details.

18 December 2008

Chinese telemarketing scam offering fake prizes to steal your money!

SCAMwatch is once again warning members of the community, particularly the Chinese community, to take note of family or friends who say they have unexpectedly won a lot of money from someone who has called them from Hong Kong.

19 September 2008

Telemarketing calls promising 'free' holidays

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to be wary of telemarketing calls informing recipients that they have won a 'free' holiday.

29 August 2008

Casino survey telemarketing scam

SCAMwatch is warning consumers about a telemarketing survey which focuses on casinos in various Australian cities, including Canberra. This appears to be the first step in a new scam that has been targeting Australian consumers to convince them to provide money and personal information to scammers.

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.