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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.
11 September 2014

Indigenous consumers, watch out for scams – the top scams reported

SCAMwatch is urging Indigenous consumers, especially those living in rural and remote communities, to be on the lookout for scammers trying to trick you into handing over your personal details or money.

26 February 2014

Don’t be fooled by a fake franchise

SCAMwatch is warning people thinking about buying a franchise or small business to beware of exciting new franchise opportunities that may actually be scams.

19 May 2010

TVI Express "money-making" venture

The ACCC has quickly acted to stop the individuals behind TVI Express from enticing consumers to join its so called money-making venture.

8 September 2009

Business opportunity scams

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to be extremely cautious about getting involved in business opportunity schemes that promise a lot of income for little or no effort.

12 August 2009

Beat the recession chain letter scam

SCAMwatch is warning Australians to be on the lookout for a new chain letter scam seeking to take advantage of the current economic climate.

7 August 2008

Inheritance scam in your letterbox

The Australian community is warned to be wary of inheritance scam letters from scammers.

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”.

29 September 2006

A job transferring money? Beware of dirty tricks and dirty money

Have you recently received a spam email offering you work as a 'transfer manager' or 'financial' manager for an overseas company? These 'job offers' are scams!