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14 February 2014

Looking for love online? Don’t get scammed into a broken heart and empty wallet

This Valentine’s Day, SCAMwatch is warning Australians looking for a romantic connection online to beware of scammers seeking to steal their hearts and money.

13 August 2013

This end of financial year, look out for tax refund phishing scams

SCAMwatch and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) are urging consumers and small businesses to be aware of tax refund email scams, with scammers taking advantage of the busy nature of tax time to target you.

17 July 2013

Don’t let your heart be blackmailed

SCAMwatch is again warning those looking for love online to stay on the lookout for scammers.

14 February 2013

Protect your wallet and your heart this Valentine’s Day

SCAMwatch is warning those looking for love online not to fall for scammers this Valentine’s Day.

6 December 2012

Watch out for fake flight itineraries landing in your inbox

SCAMwatch is warning travellers to watch out for scam emails with fake flight itineraries attached – these attachments may harbour malicious software.

9 July 2012

Protect your retirement savings from investment scammers

SCAMwatch and the Australian Crime Commission Board are urging Australians to protect themselves from the growing threat of investment scams.
22 March 2012

Beware of phone scams – 2011 Targeting Scams report

SCAMwatch is continuing to warn Australians to beware of scams delivered by phone with the ACCC receiving over 43,000 reports of scams perpetrated this way in 2011.

18 October 2011

Phishing scam emails and SMS continue

SCAMwatch is warning Australians to continue to be wary of phishing scams received by email or SMS following a twist which leads to fraudulent online banking transactions.

6 May 2011

Fake FBI email scam claims you’ve visited “illegal websites”

Beware of fake Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) emails which claim that you’ve visited illegal websites. These emails are a scam. If you receive one, delete it! Don’t open any attachments and don’t provide your personal details.

11 February 2011

Valentines Day - Don’t fall head-over-heels for a scammer

If you meet someone special online, be careful: scammers use online dating websites too but they’re not genuinely after your love, only your money!