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24 May 2018

Business losses to scams up 23 per cent

Scammers swindled nearly $4.7 million from Australian businesses in 2017 according to the ACCC’s latest Targeting scams report – a 23 per cent increase compared to 2016.

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.

21 September 2010

Mystery shopper jobs

SCAMwatch and South Australian Police are warning Australian job hunters to be wary of a mystery shopper job scam.

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.

10 February 2010

Put the freeze on Winter Olympics holiday job scams

SCAMwatch warns consumers to be wary of advance fee fraud disguised as bogus job offers.

8 September 2009

Business opportunity scams

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to be extremely cautious about getting involved in business opportunity schemes that promise a lot of income for little or no effort.

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.

7 August 2008

Inheritance scam in your letterbox

The Australian community is warned to be wary of inheritance scam letters from scammers.

31 October 2007

Money transfer scammers misuse RAC name

Scam emails pretending to be from RAC Finance Limited, part of the Western Australian Royal Automobile Club (RAC) are targeting Australians with fake job offers.