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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.

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.

16 September 2010

'Hitman' email scam

SCAMwatch and Victoria Police are warning Australians to beware of email death threats from scammers claiming to be ‘hitmen’ hired to kill the email recipient unless they send cash.

7 September 2010

Beware of scam scratchie cards in your letterbox

If you unexpectedly receive colourful travel brochures in the mail, be very suspicious if the package also contains scratchie card tickets.

6 September 2010

Do not pay for the Do Not Call Register

Don’t let someone trick you into paying to have your number listed on the Australian Government’s free Do Not Call Register.

30 July 2010

Scratchie card scams continue

SCAMwatch continues to receive reports about scams involving scratchie cards received in the mail.

2 July 2010

Telemarketing scam: your computer has a virus!

Don’t let a scammer scare you into believing your computer is infected with a virus.

30 June 2010

End of Financial Year: directory and fax back scams targeting small businesses

With the end of the financial year upon us, small businesses across Australia are busy tidying up their financial affairs. However, this time is not only busy for business, but for scammers as well.

22 January 2010

Happy win or just a scam?

SCAMwatch warns consumers to be wary of an advance fee fraud scam disguised as ‘winnings’ from Euphoria Travelling Group.

11 November 2009

Bogus anti-virus alerts

Scamwatch is warning consumers to be wary of bogus security software or 'scareware'.