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18 June 2018

Threat and kidnap scams targeting Chinese community

Scamwatch is warning the Chinese community in Australia to be wary about two frightening scams targeting them that involve threats of arrest, and extortion via fake kidnappings.

See also in-language PDF:
针对华人社区的威胁和绑架骗局

21 May 2018

Australians lost $340 million to scammers in 2017

Australians lost more money to scammers in 2017 than in any other year since the ACCC began reporting on scam activity.

6 April 2018

Scammers targeting Chinese community in Australia

We're warning the Chinese community in Australia to be wary of scammers posing as Chinese authorities and/or employees of DHL and threatening them with deportation or arrest unless they pay large sums of money.

11 September 2017

Don't gift a scammer iTunes cards

The ACCC is warning people to be on the lookout for scammers who are trying to con their victims into paying for scams with Apple iTunes gift cards.

22 August 2017

Watch out for NBN scams

The ACCC is warning the community that scammers are pretending to be from NBN to con victims out of their money and personal information.

1 December 2016

Remote access scammers pretending to be ACORN

Scamwatch has received a report from the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) that remote access scammers are calling pretending to be the ACORN.
4 October 2016

Immigration scam targets migrants

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning migrants to watch out for scammers pretending to be from the ‘Department of Immigration’, threatening deportation and demanding money.

22 April 2015

Immigration scam targets migrants

Scamwatch is warning consumers to be aware of calls from scammers claiming to be from the 'Department of Immigration' threatening you with deportation and demanding money.

13 April 2015

Telephone calls alleging fake arrest warrants used to scam money

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to be aware of calls from scammers falsely claiming to be from the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) or Australian Tax Office (ATO).

28 March 2014

Scammers pretending to be from Telstra Technical Support continue cold-calling Australians

SCAMwatch and Telstra are warning consumers to hang up the phone if they receive a call out of the blue from someone claiming there is a problem with their internet connection or computer.