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19 February 2013

Think carefully about unsolicited offers to register domain names overseas

SCAMwatch is warning businesses to treat with caution unsolicited invitations to register or renew internet domain names in China and other countries.

13 December 2012

Don’t be fooled by scams this festive season

SCAMwatch is warning people to be on the lookout this festive season not just for flying reindeer and bargain gifts but also scam surprises wrapped up as the real deal.

19 November 2012

Beware of scam surveys and offers misusing household names

SCAMwatch is warning people to beware of online scams – surveys, emails and social-media posts – offering fake gift vouchers or other bogus inducements in return for disclosing credit card and other personal information.

30 June 2012

Beware of “voucher prize” scam text messages

SCAMwatch is warning consumers not to respond to text messages which claim you have won a voucher

22 March 2012

Beware of phone scams – 2011 Targeting Scams report

SCAMwatch is continuing to warn Australians to beware of scams delivered by phone with the ACCC receiving over 43,000 reports of scams perpetrated this way in 2011.

25 November 2011

Scam birth, death and marriage certificate websites

SCAMwatch is warning Australians to be wary of websites that appear official but fail to deliver on promises to provide birth, death, marriage or divorce certificates in return for a fee.

22 November 2011

Classifieds scammers advertise smartphones & tablets online

Beware of scam online classifieds ads for smartphones, tablet devices and other small electronic items which are never delivered following payment.

4 November 2011

Beware of scam gift voucher & product offers on social networking sites

SCAMwatch is warning social networking users to beware of scam posts which offer fake gift vouchers or products for free. The vouchers are offered in exchange for personal details and passing on a scam link to friends.

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.

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.