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26 March 2019

Payment demanded by gift card? It's a scam

Gift cards are increasingly the payment method of choice for scammers. Scamwatch reports show more than $5 million was lost in 2018, a 38 per cent increase compared with 2017.
11 February 2019

Warning about 'emergency' text messages

Scamwatch is warning members of the public about a spate of text messages asking for emergency assistance.
11 December 2018

Watch out for holiday season scams

Scamwatch is warning people to be careful about being caught out by holiday season scams.
4 December 2018

Warning about tax scams

Tax scams seem to be everywhere at the moment and Scamwatch is warning people not to engage with phone calls or emails they receive threatening arrest or jail over unpaid tax debts.
18 June 2018

Threat and kidnap scams target Chinese community

Scamwatch is warning the Chinese community in Australia to be wary about two frightening scams targeting them that involve threats of arrest, and extortion via fake kidnappings.

See also in-language PDF:
针对华人社区的威胁和绑架骗局

21 May 2018

Australians lost $340 million to scammers in 2017

Australians lost more money to scammers in 2017 than in any other year since the ACCC began reporting on scam activity.

6 April 2018

Scammers targeting Chinese community in Australia

We're warning the Chinese community in Australia to be wary of scammers posing as Chinese authorities and/or employees of DHL and threatening them with deportation or arrest unless they pay large sums of money.

11 December 2017

Beware opening a scammer's con this Christmas

The ACCC is warning the community to be wary of scammers trying to ruin their Christmas holidays.

11 September 2017

Don't gift a scammer iTunes cards

The ACCC is warning people to be on the lookout for scammers who are trying to con their victims into paying for scams with Apple iTunes gift cards.

4 October 2016

Immigration scam targets migrants

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning migrants to watch out for scammers pretending to be from the ‘Department of Immigration’, threatening deportation and demanding money.