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31 July 2013

Beware of immigration scams

SCAMwatch and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship are warning people who have migrated to Australia or are currently temporary visa holders to be cautious of immigration-related scams.

18 April 2013

Beware of scammers taking advantage of the Boston marathon tragedy

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to be alert to scammers looking to take advantage of the Boston marathon explosions with malware or donation scams.

6 March 2013

Police scareware scam continues to target Australians

SCAMwatch is urging people to continue to be alert to a scareware scam where scammers posing as the Australian Federal Police (AFP) try to scare you into handing over money to regain control of your computer.

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.

19 November 2012

Beware of scam surveys and offers misusing household names

SCAMwatch is warning people to beware of online scams – surveys, emails and social-media posts – offering fake gift vouchers or other bogus inducements in return for disclosing credit card and other personal information.

22 October 2012

With Halloween around the corner, beware of scareware

With Halloween around the corner, SCAMwatch urges you to be alert to a new type of scareware doing the rounds where scammers try and scare you into handing over money in order to regain control of your computer.

3 October 2012

Computer cold call virus scam – scammers outsmarted!

Joint action between three international regulators has thwarted a massive global phone scam, with US authorities winning court orders to close down and freeze funds of imposters posing as Microsoft employees offering to fix PC viruses.

28 September 2012

With one month left to lodge your tax return, beware of tax time scams

SCAMwatch and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) are urging consumers and small businesses to be aware of scam calls or emails around tax time.

28 August 2012

Update - Beware of carbon price scams

SCAMwatch is warning consumers and businesses to be on the look out for carbon price scams, particularly calls asking for personal information in order to receive compensation.

24 July 2012

'Hitman' scam resurfaces

SCAMwatch is warning Australians to beware of SMS death threats from scammers claiming to be 'hitmen' hired to kill the SMS recipient unless they send cash.