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13 April 2015

Telephone calls alleging fake arrest warrants used to scam money

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to be aware of calls from scammers falsely claiming to be from the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) or Australian Tax Office (ATO).

21 January 2015

Invoice email scam now targeting Australian businesses

SCAMwatch is warning Australian businesses to beware of an invoice email scam seeking payment re-direction.

7 January 2015

Donate safely to bushfire appeals

SCAMwatch is encouraging Australians who are considering donating to bushfire appeals to make sure they double check whether the appeal or its organisers are legitimate so that their generosity reaches victims, not scammers.

21 July 2014

Beware of scammers taking advantage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy

SCAMwatch is warning Australians to be wary of scammers looking to take advantage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy by setting up fake Facebook pages in the name of victims of the tragedy.

30 April 2014

Beware – energy bill scams on the rise

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to be on the lookout for energy billing scams currently doing the rounds.

20 March 2014

Scammers using videos of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 to spread malware

SCAMwatch and Stay Smart Online are warning consumers interested in finding out more about the recent disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to be on guard when opening video footage about this event, as scammers are sending links infected with malware.

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.

23 January 2014

‘Yellow Pages’ directory scam continues to target Australian businesses

SCAMwatch is warning small businesses to continue to be alert to the fake ‘Yellow Pages’ business directory scam. The scammers are now operating a site registered in Austria, ‘www.yellow-page-australia.at’, after their previous site, ‘www.yellow-page-australia.com’, was shut down.

22 January 2014

Computer virus scams now targeting smartphone and tablet users

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to beware of scammers targeting their smartphones and tablet devices with the computer virus scam.

2 October 2013

Beware of fake charities

SCAMwatch and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) are reminding people to beware of scammers pretending to represent a charity or not-for-profit organisation.