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8 January 2009

Global financial crisis—another excuse for a scam

Scammers are using the global financial crisis as another excuse to trick consumers into giving away their money and their personal details

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.

12 August 2008

Airline ticketing scam emails which may cause computer viruses

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to beware of an airline ticketing scam that can download malicious software onto your computer.

2 November 2007

Betting software scams: don’t be taken for a ride

SCAMwatch is warning punters to be on the lookout for betting software scams during the Spring Racing Carnival.

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.
24 July 2007

Fake 'Customs' email targets online shoppers

Australians who use the internet to buy goods from overseas should be wary of fake emails asking them to pay 'Customs' a range of fees, duty or taxes before their goods are released to them.

22 January 2007

Puppy love and the fake classified ad

Classified ads offering Bulldog and Yorkie puppies are one of the latest scams making their way into local newspapers across the country and on-line classifieds.

15 December 2006

Bogus online sale of tech products

Beware of newspaper advertisements for online sales of electronic goods at 'too good to be true' prices.

29 September 2006

A gamble that won’t pay off

There is no guaranteed way to make money from betting on the horses— but there are some scammers around who want you to believe that there is.