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2 November 2011

Avoid 2012 London Olympics accommodation scams

SCAMwatch is joining the UK Metropolitan Police Service in warning of online accommodation booking scams in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

26 August 2011

Beware of scam websites making fake claims of government affiliation

SCAMwatch is warning small businesses and consumers to be on the look out for scam websites that either falsely claim to be affiliated with government or boast bogus government endorsements.

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.

14 July 2011

Beware of scam calls offering carbon compensation payments

SCAMwatch is warning Australians to be alert to scam calls offering to pay carbon price compensation into your bank account or asking survey questions about carbon.

23 June 2011

Beware of scams targeting VIPtel Mobile customers

SCAMwatch is warning current and former VIPtel Mobile customers to beware of scam phone calls offering a refund in exchange for payment of a fee. Scammers may claim to be from Centrelink and will ask for the fee to be paid by wire transfer.

13 May 2011

Beware of scam phone surveys which lead to other scam calls

SCAMwatch is warning Australians to be alert to scam telephone surveys which gather your personal and banking information and use it to make future scam phone calls you receive appear legitimate.

6 May 2011

Scammers pose as government & banks offering to reclaim overcharged bank fees

Beware of scam callers pretending to be from the Government or a bank and asking for an upfront fee to reclaim your overcharged bank fees.

3 December 2010

End of year travel? Don’t let scammers take you for a ride

SCAMwatch is warning travellers to be cautious if they are approached on holidays by strangers offering travel club memberships which seem too good to be true.

28 October 2010

Plan to get rich this racing season? Don’t bet on it!

SCAMwatch is warning punters this racing season to be cautious of investing in expensive betting schemes and software packages which make false claims of guaranteed winnings.

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.