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6 April 2020

Scammers targeting superannuation in COVID-19 crisis

Scammers are now trying to exploit Australians financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis with new superannuation scams being reported to Scamwatch in recent weeks.
10 March 2020

Gen Z the fastest growing victims of scams

Australians under 25 lost over $5 million to scams in 2019 and reports made from this age group are increasing faster than older generations.

9 January 2020

Bushfires and scams

The start of 2020 has not been an easy one for Australia, particularly those impacted by the bushfires.

6 January 2020

Bushfires and scams

There are currently a wide range of appeals raising funds for people and animals affected by the bushfires. Unfortunately, some of these are scams.

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.
23 October 2018

Warning about fake charity scams

Scammers are increasingly using fake charities or impersonating real charities to take advantage of people’s generosity and compassion, with losses reported to the ACCC’s Scamwatch increasing steadily over the past four years.
24 May 2018

Business losses to scams up 23 per cent

Scammers swindled nearly $4.7 million from Australian businesses in 2017 according to the ACCC’s latest Targeting scams report – a 23 per cent increase compared to 2016.

7 January 2015

Donate safely to bushfire appeals

SCAMwatch is encouraging Australians who are considering donating to bushfire appeals to make sure they double check whether the appeal or its organisers are legitimate so that their generosity reaches victims, not scammers.