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25 November 2019

'Tis the season for online shopping scams

Australians have already lost more money to online shopping scams in 2019 than in the entire previous year, and Scamwatch is warning people to be cautious of online shopping scams in the lead up to

26 March 2018

Don't fall for a scammer's puppy dog eyes

Scamwatch is warning people to watch out for scammers setting up fake ads pretending to sell adorable puppies, with more than $310,000 lost and 584 reports about this scam in the past 12 months.

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.

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.

7 September 2010

Beware of scam scratchie cards in your letterbox

If you unexpectedly receive colourful travel brochures in the mail, be very suspicious if the package also contains scratchie card tickets.

3 September 2010

Pedigree pups at prices too good to be true

SCAMwatch is again warning consumers to be cautious of classified ads for pedigree pups at prices that are too good to be true.

30 July 2010

Scratchie card scams continue

SCAMwatch continues to receive reports about scams involving scratchie cards received in the mail.

22 January 2010

Happy win or just a scam?

SCAMwatch warns consumers to be wary of an advance fee fraud scam disguised as ‘winnings’ from Euphoria Travelling Group.

20 August 2008

Fake rental properties and shared accommodation listings

SCAMwatch is warning prospective tenants to be wary when responding to rental properties advertised on the net where the 'owner' makes various excuses as to why you can't inspect the property but insists on an upfront payment for rent or deposit.