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11 November 2011

Erase your hard drive before disposing of old computers

SCAMwatch is warning Australians to erase their hard drive before parting with old computers and laptops. Simply deleting individual files is not enough to remove personal details, documents and passwords stored on the machine.

8 November 2011

Scam callers asking for payment to deliver parcels

SCAMwatch and Australia Post are warning of scam callers pretending to be from Australia Post and requesting payment to redeliver an undelivered parcel.

2 November 2011

Avoid 2012 London Olympics accommodation scams

SCAMwatch is joining the UK Metropolitan Police Service in warning of online accommodation booking scams in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

18 October 2011

Phishing scam emails and SMS continue

SCAMwatch is warning Australians to continue to be wary of phishing scams received by email or SMS following a twist which leads to fraudulent online banking transactions.

21 September 2011

Continue to beware of scam solar offers

SCAMwatch is warning Australians to continue to be wary of scammers who offer bogus government rebates for the installation of solar panels.

26 August 2011

Beware of scam websites making fake claims of government affiliation

SCAMwatch is warning small businesses and consumers to be on the look out for scam websites that either falsely claim to be affiliated with government or boast bogus government endorsements.

14 July 2011

Beware of scam calls offering carbon compensation payments

SCAMwatch is warning Australians to be alert to scam calls offering to pay carbon price compensation into your bank account or asking survey questions about carbon.

13 May 2011

Beware of scam phone surveys which lead to other scam calls

SCAMwatch is warning Australians to be alert to scam telephone surveys which gather your personal and banking information and use it to make future scam phone calls you receive appear legitimate.

6 May 2011

Fake FBI email scam claims you’ve visited “illegal websites”

Beware of fake Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) emails which claim that you’ve visited illegal websites. These emails are a scam. If you receive one, delete it! Don’t open any attachments and don’t provide your personal details.

23 March 2011

New twist on computer error message/virus scams: joint warning

SCAMwatch, Microsoft and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) are warning Australians to continue to be wary of scam calls claiming that your computer is infected with a virus or is sending out error messages.