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 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.