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17 September 2009

Patrick Swayze and other celebrity scams—be on guard online

SCAMwatch is urging consumers to be on guard online, even when searching celebrity news items. The latest celebrity scam exploits the death of Patrick Swayze.

1 May 2009

Credit card scam targeting small businesses

SCAMwatch is warning small to medium businesses to be on the look out for unusual or complicated orders from overseas, particularly orders which are being paid for by credit card.

16 December 2008

"Your computer is infected" fake anti-virus pop-up alert scams

SCAMwatch warns consumers to be wary of fake anti-virus alerts. NEVER click on pop-up anti-virus alerts.

1 July 2008

'Death threat' SMS scam

The Australian community is warned to beware of death threat spam text messages from scammers pretending to be a hired hitman in order to extort thousands of dollars from their victims.

20 June 2008

Medical directory scams targeting doctors' surgeries/clinics

Doctors' clinics are warned to beware of aggressive marketing techniques engaged by some advertising companies offering listings in medical directories.

27 August 2007

Warning: virus-laden email from the 'Australian Office of Fair Trading'

Consumers have reported receiving emails from the 'Australian Office of Fair Trading'. There is no such organisation, and the email's attachment contains a virus.
12 July 2007

Domain name renewals – don't be dot conned!

Small business operators and individuals with their own internet sites continue to be confused and caught out by unsolicited letters warning them that their internet domain name is due to expire and must be renewed, or offering them a new domain name similar to their current one.
24 April 2007

Not all publicity is good publicity

Has your small business received a form from a Spanish publishing company inviting you to confirm or update your details for inclusion in one of its European advertising guides or business directories?
16 March 2007

Scams target you! Protect your computer...

Scams target you - Protect your computer is the latest message from the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce. Your computer can be attacked by phishing scams, spam, dodgy 'pop-ups' or malware – and you may not even realise it!

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”.