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11 August 2015

Beware of ransomware

Scamwatch is alerting consumers to a spike in the number of people falling victim to ransomware scams in 2015, compared to last year.
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.

13 July 2015

Australians lose $45 million to scams in 2015

The ACCC is urging the community not to send money or personal details to strangers after $45 million was reported lost to scams already this year and 45,000 complaints made.
11 July 2015

New Scamwatch site to help protect you from scams

Welcome to the new and improved Scamwatch website. We're here with all the latest news and tips to help you identify and avoid scams.
9 June 2015

Would you like to hear about how small businesses are being targeted by scammers?

Scamwatch invites small businesses to view a video of a recent public event.

29 May 2015

Fake debt collectors

Scamwatch is warning of phone calls from scammers claiming to collect debts.

21 May 2015

Indigenous consumers lost $740,000 to scams last year

This Fraud Week, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urging Indigenous consumers to be wary of requests over the internet for personal information.

18 May 2015

Australians lose over $80 million to scams in 2014

ACCC's Targeting Scams Report reveals that 91,637 Australians scam complaints were made to the ACCC last year, with $81,832,793 reported lost.
18 May 2015

National Consumer Fraud Week 2015

Nearly $82 million was lost to scams in 2014, and many included some form of identity fraud. The theme of National Consumer Fraud Week 2015 is ‘get smarter with your data’.

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.