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18 April 2008

Telemarketing scam targeting Chinese community

Australia's Chinese community is warned to beware of scammers posing as market researchers from Hong Kong.

24 January 2008

Fake Australian lottery causes confusion overseas

People around the world are being sent emails telling them that they have won a fortune in a fake Australian lottery.

2 November 2007

Betting software scams: don’t be taken for a ride

SCAMwatch is warning punters to be on the lookout for betting software scams during the Spring Racing Carnival.

10 August 2007

$300,000 refund to scam victims

More than $300,000 will be returned to consumers who were victims of North American-based scams after Australian Competition and Consumer Commission court intervention.

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.