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9 January 2020

Bushfires and scams

The start of 2020 has not been an easy one for Australia, particularly those impacted by the bushfires.

6 January 2020

Bushfires and scams

There are currently a wide range of appeals raising funds for people and animals affected by the bushfires. Unfortunately, some of these are scams.

23 October 2018

Warning about fake charity scams

Scammers are increasingly using fake charities or impersonating real charities to take advantage of people’s generosity and compassion, with losses reported to the ACCC’s Scamwatch increasing steadily over the past four years.
6 November 2017

Don’t be taken for a ride this Melbourne Cup

Punters are being warned to watch out for betting and sports investment scams which falsely promise high odds and big returns on Cup Day.

31 October 2016

Don't place bets with a scammer this spring racing season

Scamwatch is warning Australian gamblers not to part with money they didn’t plan to during Spring Racing Season, today issuing an alert that confidence tricksters are on the hunt for more victims.
21 August 2015

Queensland authorities seek to speak with victims of investment fraud scheme

Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission and Queensland Police Service are seeking to speak with victims of an investment fraud scheme.
7 January 2015

Donate safely to bushfire appeals

SCAMwatch is encouraging Australians who are considering donating to bushfire appeals to make sure they double check whether the appeal or its organisers are legitimate so that their generosity reaches victims, not scammers.

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.

21 July 2014

Beware of scammers taking advantage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy

SCAMwatch is warning Australians to be wary of scammers looking to take advantage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy by setting up fake Facebook pages in the name of victims of the tragedy.

30 October 2013

Don’t back a scammer this spring racing season

SCAMwatch is reminding punters not to be fooled by con artists pushing sports investment scams this spring racing season.