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26 March 2018

Don't fall for a scammer's puppy dog eyes

Scamwatch is warning people to watch out for scammers setting up fake ads pretending to sell adorable puppies, with more than $310,000 lost and 584 reports about this scam in the past 12 months.

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.

3 September 2010

Pedigree pups at prices too good to be true

SCAMwatch is again warning consumers to be cautious of classified ads for pedigree pups at prices that are too good to be true.

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.

7 August 2008

Inheritance scam in your letterbox

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

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.

22 January 2007

Puppy love and the fake classified ad

Classified ads offering Bulldog and Yorkie puppies are one of the latest scams making their way into local newspapers across the country and on-line classifieds.

15 December 2006

Bogus online sale of tech products

Beware of newspaper advertisements for online sales of electronic goods at 'too good to be true' prices.

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”.