28 November 2006 A personal request from “The Reserve Bank of Australia”? Not likely! Scammers often use the names of non-existent realistic sounding institutions like “the Federal Bank of South Africa” or “the European Consumer Protection Bureau”. 20 November 2006 A surprise lottery win? Chances are it's a scam! SCAMwatch has seen a steady increase in reports about lottery scams, particularly from older Australians. If you receive a lottery scam, delete or destroy it. 29 September 2006 A gamble that won’t pay off There is no guaranteed way to make money from betting on the horses— but there are some scammers around who want you to believe that there is.