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23 December 2011

Beware fake Australian Government climate change website

SCAMwatch is warning Australian consumers to beware of a fake website pretending to be the official Australia Government Department of Climate Change website.

25 November 2011

Scam birth, death and marriage certificate websites

SCAMwatch is warning Australians to be wary of websites that appear official but fail to deliver on promises to provide birth, death, marriage or divorce certificates in return for a fee.

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.

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.

2 August 2011

Computer remote access scammers now masquerading as Telstra - new twist

SCAMwatch has received reports of a new twist on the computer remote access scam with callers now claiming to be from (or affiliated with) Telstra or BigPond.

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.

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.

11 February 2011

Valentines Day - Don’t fall head-over-heels for a scammer

If you meet someone special online, be careful: scammers use online dating websites too but they’re not genuinely after your love, only your money!