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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.

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.

21 September 2010

Mystery shopper jobs

SCAMwatch and South Australian Police are warning Australian job hunters to be wary of a mystery shopper job scam.

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.

10 February 2010

Put the freeze on Winter Olympics holiday job scams

SCAMwatch warns consumers to be wary of advance fee fraud disguised as bogus job offers.

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.

31 October 2007

Money transfer scammers misuse RAC name

Scam emails pretending to be from RAC Finance Limited, part of the Western Australian Royal Automobile Club (RAC) are targeting Australians with fake job offers.

5 February 2007

Fake 'Australian Chamber of Commerce' job offer

Spam emails offering an enticing part time, work-from-home income of $5000 per month have begun to appear in Australian email inboxes.

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”.