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7 October 2019

A quick guide to your personal data for Stay Smart Online Week 2019

Stay Smart Online Week is an annual event focused on empowering people, businesses and the community to protect themselves online.
12 August 2019

Record losses expected as scammers target Australians

Australians are set to lose a record amount to scams in 2019, with projections from losses reported to Scamwatch and other government agencies so far expected to exceed $532 million by the end of the year, surpassing half a billion dollars for the first time.
11 February 2019

Warning about 'emergency' text messages

Scamwatch is warning members of the public about a spate of text messages asking for emergency assistance.
11 September 2014

Indigenous consumers, watch out for scams – the top scams reported

SCAMwatch is urging Indigenous consumers, especially those living in rural and remote communities, to be on the lookout for scammers trying to trick you into handing over your personal details or money.

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.

10 January 2014

Don’t let weight loss scams ruin your resolve this New Year

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to beware of weight loss scams when looking to fulfil a new year’s resolution.

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.

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.

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.

30 July 2010

Scratchie card scams continue

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