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11 September 2014

Indigenous consumers, watch out for scams – the top scams reported

SCAMwatch is urging Indigenous consumers, especially those living in rural and remote communities, to be on the lookout for scammers trying to trick you into handing over your personal details or money.

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.

28 March 2014

Scammers pretending to be from Telstra Technical Support continue cold-calling Australians

SCAMwatch and Telstra are warning consumers to hang up the phone if they receive a call out of the blue from someone claiming there is a problem with their internet connection or computer.

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.

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.

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.

23 March 2011

New twist on computer error message/virus scams: joint warning

SCAMwatch, Microsoft and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) are warning Australians to continue to be wary of scam calls claiming that your computer is infected with a virus or is sending out error messages.

7 January 2011

Fake SCAMwatch and Consumer Affairs Victoria emails

SCAMwatch, the ACCC and CAV are warning consumers to be on the look out for fake emails claiming to be from SCAMwatch and CAV representatives.