Browse news

9 July 2010

Refund scams: ATO taxes and bank fees

If you receive a call or email claiming you’re entitled to reclaim overpaid tax or bank fees, ignore it – these scams are doing the rounds.

11 May 2010

Beware of scammers – offering compensation for disrupted travel plans

The recent volcanic eruption in Iceland resulted in thousands of flights cancelled and travel plans disrupted.

17 February 2010

Climate change grants and other government grants

SCAMwatch has joined with the Australian Government Department of Climate Change and the Commonwealth Grants Commission to warn consumers about anyone who approaches them with the offer of ‘grants for climate change’ or other government grants.

6 January 2010

Switch over to digital television is ripe for scams

The Australian Government warns consumers to be very wary of door-to-door salespeople offering to sell you digital television products in your home.

18 November 2009

Overcharged bank fees scam

SCAMwatch is warning consumers about hoax offers of assistance to reclaim overcharged bank fees.

27 March 2009

Coming soon! Tax bonus payment

SCAMwatch is again warning consumers to be on the lookout for bogus phone calls, emails and other scams relating to the government's economic stimulus package.
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”.