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20 August 2008

Fake rental properties and shared accommodation listings

SCAMwatch is warning prospective tenants to be wary when responding to rental properties advertised on the net where the 'owner' makes various excuses as to why you can't inspect the property but insists on an upfront payment for rent or deposit.

4 August 2008

Beijing Olympic Games tickets scams

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to beware of Beijing Olympic Games tickets scams.

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.

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 October 2007

Scammers target online car buyers

Fake advertisements offering used vehicles for lower than expected prices continue to appear on Australian car websites, online classifieds and online auction sites.

4 September 2007

Cute puppies for sale? Don’t be fooled

Classified ads offering non-existent pedigree puppies have resurfaced in local newspapers across the country, as well as online classifieds.

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.

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?