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18 May 2012

Scam scratchies strike again

SCAMwatch is advising consumers to continue to be on the look out for scam scratchie cards in their letterbox. You may think you’re a big winner but scammers will ask you for thousands to claim a prize that never arrives.

11 April 2012

Beware of directory listing scams targeting small businesses

SCAMwatch is advising businesses to beware of unsolicited faxes offering paid listings in scam online directories.

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.

22 August 2011

New round of scam scratchie cards in the mail

SCAMwatch and Carnival Australia are warning Australians to beware of a new spate of scam scratchie cards and travel brochures sent in the mail. Every package contains a ‘winning’ card but when you try to claim the fake prize you will be asked to wire transfer thousands.

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.

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.