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26 February 2014

Don’t be fooled by a fake franchise

SCAMwatch is warning people thinking about buying a franchise or small business to beware of exciting new franchise opportunities that may actually be scams.

23 January 2014

‘Yellow Pages’ directory scam continues to target Australian businesses

SCAMwatch is warning small businesses to continue to be alert to the fake ‘Yellow Pages’ business directory scam. The scammers are now operating a site registered in Austria, ‘www.yellow-page-australia.at’, after their previous site, ‘www.yellow-page-australia.com’, was shut down.

18 September 2013

Beware of scam surveys and fake free offers

SCAMwatch is reminding 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.

1 August 2013

Small businesses beware – ‘Yellow Pages’ directory scam strikes again

SCAMwatch is warning small businesses to be alert as the fake ‘Yellow Pages’ business directory scam has resurfaced in Australia.

9 May 2013

Watch out when booking your winter getaway

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to be wary when making plans for a holiday escape this winter.

19 February 2013

Think carefully about unsolicited offers to register domain names overseas

SCAMwatch is warning businesses to treat with caution unsolicited invitations to register or renew internet domain names in China and other countries.

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.

31 October 2012

Scammers continue to impersonate government officials

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to remain vigilant against scammers impersonating government officials with false claims of owed money.

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.