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13 December 2012

Don’t be fooled by scams this festive season

SCAMwatch is warning people to be on the lookout this festive season not just for flying reindeer and bargain gifts but also scam surprises wrapped up as the real deal.

6 December 2012

Watch out for fake flight itineraries landing in your inbox

SCAMwatch is warning travellers to watch out for scam emails with fake flight itineraries attached – these attachments may harbour malicious software.

19 November 2012

Beware of scam surveys and offers misusing household names

SCAMwatch is warning people to beware of online scams – surveys, emails and social-media posts – offering fake gift vouchers or other bogus inducements in return for disclosing credit card and other personal information.

3 October 2012

Computer cold call virus scam – scammers outsmarted!

Joint action between three international regulators has thwarted a massive global phone scam, with US authorities winning court orders to close down and freeze funds of imposters posing as Microsoft employees offering to fix PC viruses.

28 September 2012

With one month left to lodge your tax return, beware of tax time scams

SCAMwatch and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) are urging consumers and small businesses to be aware of scam calls or emails around tax time.

28 August 2012

Update - Beware of carbon price scams

SCAMwatch is warning consumers and businesses to be on the look out for carbon price scams, particularly calls asking for personal information in order to receive compensation.

9 July 2012

Protect your retirement savings from investment scammers

SCAMwatch and the Australian Crime Commission Board are urging Australians to protect themselves from the growing threat of investment scams.
30 June 2012

Beware of “voucher prize” scam text messages

SCAMwatch is warning consumers not to respond to text messages which claim you have won a voucher

22 March 2012

Beware of phone scams – 2011 Targeting Scams report

SCAMwatch is continuing to warn Australians to beware of scams delivered by phone with the ACCC receiving over 43,000 reports of scams perpetrated this way in 2011.

25 January 2012

Beware of distress emails targeting the APY lands

SCAMwatch and South Australian Government Consumer and Business Services(CBS) are warning people throughout the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands to beware of scam distress emails targeting the area.