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28 November 2016

Spike in Centrelink scams

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning the community to be aware of phone calls from scammers pretending to be from the Department of Human Services or Centrelink.
29 July 2016

Steer clear of tax scams

The ACCC is urging Australians to hang up on and delete tax scams after more than $1 million was reported lost to Scamwatch already this year.

22 July 2016

Beware of government grant scams

Scamwatch is warning Australian consumers and small businesses to take extra care when seeking government grants and to be suspicious of unsolicited offers of money in the form of government grants.
12 February 2016

$22.7 million lost to dating scams in 2015

This Valentine’s Day, the ACCC is warning the online dating community to watch out for any love interest that asks for money.
11 November 2015

Beware of scammers imitating Centrelink officers

The ACCC is warning consumers to beware of scammers imitating Centrelink officers to trick you into handing over your money or personal details.

13 August 2015

Beware of fake lottery and competition 'wins' on social networking platforms

Scamwatch is warning consumers to beware of fake lotteries or competitions on social networking platforms, with scammers using popular platforms to pedal these empty wins.

10 August 2015

Don’t let scammers ‘tax' you this tax time

With tax time in full swing, Scamwatch is again urging consumers and small businesses to be aware of scammers taking advantage of the busy nature of tax time to target you.

5 March 2015

Fake rebate scams on the rise

In February the ACCC received a spike in contacts about fake rebate schemes so we are warning people to be aware of calls from a fake government department claiming you are owed money.

12 February 2015

This Valentine’s Day, protect your heart when seeking love online

This Valentine’s Day, SCAMwatch is warning the online dating community to beware of any love interest who asks for money.

7 January 2015

Donate safely to bushfire appeals

SCAMwatch is encouraging Australians who are considering donating to bushfire appeals to make sure they double check whether the appeal or its organisers are legitimate so that their generosity reaches victims, not scammers.