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12 August 2019

Record losses expected as scammers target Australians

Australians are set to lose a record amount to scams in 2019, with projections from losses reported to Scamwatch and other government agencies so far expected to exceed $532 million by the end of the year, surpassing half a billion dollars for the first time.
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.
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.

26 February 2014

Don’t be fooled by a fake franchise

SCAMwatch is warning people thinking about buying a franchise or small business to beware of exciting new franchise opportunities that may actually be scams.

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.

5 November 2012

Don’t be horsed around by scammers this spring racing season

SCAMwatch is warning punters not to be fooled by scammers peddling sports investment scams this spring racing season.

18 May 2012

Scam scratchies strike again

SCAMwatch is advising consumers to continue to be on the look out for scam scratchie cards in their letterbox. You may think you’re a big winner but scammers will ask you for thousands to claim a prize that never arrives.

22 August 2011

New round of scam scratchie cards in the mail

SCAMwatch and Carnival Australia are warning Australians to beware of a new spate of scam scratchie cards and travel brochures sent in the mail. Every package contains a ‘winning’ card but when you try to claim the fake prize you will be asked to wire transfer thousands.

28 October 2010

Plan to get rich this racing season? Don’t bet on it!

SCAMwatch is warning punters this racing season to be cautious of investing in expensive betting schemes and software packages which make false claims of guaranteed winnings.