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25 October 2011

Protect your credit card details from lottery scammers

SCAMwatch is advising Australians to ignore recent lottery scam letters requesting $25, credit card details, or payment by cheque in return for a false $15,000 windfall.

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.

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.

28 January 2011

Won a new car in promotion you didn't enter?

Could you really be lucky enough to win a new car or money in a promotion or lottery you did not enter? SCAMwatch is warning you not to be fooled.

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.

23 August 2010

Beware of ‘green scheme’ scammers!

Consumers are urged to beware of scammers who call offering rebates on energy efficient initiatives.

30 July 2010

Scratchie card scams continue

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

16 July 2010

Spam SMS: Report it!

Are you an avid mobile phone texter, using SMS to keep in contact with friends and family? Watch out - scammers love texting too.