Radar alerts

7 December 2010

Santa says stay scam savvy this holiday season

SCAMwatch is advising consumers to be particularly cautious this festive season. Scams occur all year round but scammers prey heavily on people’s generosity and vulnerabilities at this time of year.
3 December 2010

End of year travel? Don’t let scammers take you for a ride

SCAMwatch is warning travellers to be cautious if they are approached on holidays by strangers offering travel club memberships which seem too good to be true.

12 November 2010

Looking for rental properties online? Watch out for scams!

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to be on the lookout for scam online classified ads for residential and holiday rental properties.

5 November 2010

Don’t be grounded by flight booking scams

SCAMwatch is advising travellers to check the authenticity of flight booking websites before making any reservations for domestic and international travel.

28 October 2010

Plan to get rich this racing season? Don’t bet on it!

SCAMwatch is warning punters this racing season to be cautious of investing in expensive betting schemes and software packages which make false claims of guaranteed winnings.

8 October 2010

Scammers offer ‘guaranteed’ Australian visas

SCAMwatch and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) are warning people who wish to visit or migrate to Australia to be cautious of people offering ‘guaranteed’ Australian visas.

21 September 2010

Mystery shopper jobs

SCAMwatch and South Australian Police are warning Australian job hunters to be wary of a mystery shopper job scam.

16 September 2010

'Hitman' email scam

SCAMwatch and Victoria Police are warning Australians to beware of email death threats from scammers claiming to be ‘hitmen’ hired to kill the email recipient unless they send cash.

9 September 2010

Fake grants from a fake government department

SCAMwatch and the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government are warning Australians of scammers who call offering fake government grants.

7 September 2010

Beware of scam scratchie cards in your letterbox

If you unexpectedly receive colourful travel brochures in the mail, be very suspicious if the package also contains scratchie card tickets.