Radar alerts

23 December 2011

Beware fake Australian Government climate change website

SCAMwatch is warning Australian consumers to beware of a fake website pretending to be the official Australia Government Department of Climate Change website.

30 November 2011

The 12 scams of Christmas

SCAMwatch is advising consumers to watch out for this year’s 12 scams of Christmas. Scams occur all year round but scammers prey on people’s generosity and vulnerabilities at this time of year.

25 November 2011

Scam birth, death and marriage certificate websites

SCAMwatch is warning Australians to be wary of websites that appear official but fail to deliver on promises to provide birth, death, marriage or divorce certificates in return for a fee.

22 November 2011

Classifieds scammers advertise smartphones & tablets online

Beware of scam online classifieds ads for smartphones, tablet devices and other small electronic items which are never delivered following payment.

11 November 2011

Erase your hard drive before disposing of old computers

SCAMwatch is warning Australians to erase their hard drive before parting with old computers and laptops. Simply deleting individual files is not enough to remove personal details, documents and passwords stored on the machine.

8 November 2011

Scam callers asking for payment to deliver parcels

SCAMwatch and Australia Post are warning of scam callers pretending to be from Australia Post and requesting payment to redeliver an undelivered parcel.

4 November 2011

Beware of scam gift voucher & product offers on social networking sites

SCAMwatch is warning social networking users to beware of scam posts which offer fake gift vouchers or products for free. The vouchers are offered in exchange for personal details and passing on a scam link to friends.

2 November 2011

Avoid 2012 London Olympics accommodation scams

SCAMwatch is joining the UK Metropolitan Police Service in warning of online accommodation booking scams in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

25 October 2011

Protect your credit card details from lottery scammers

SCAMwatch is advising Australians to ignore recent lottery scam letters requesting $25, credit card details, or payment by cheque in return for a false $15,000 windfall.

18 October 2011

Phishing scam emails and SMS continue

SCAMwatch is warning Australians to continue to be wary of phishing scams received by email or SMS following a twist which leads to fraudulent online banking transactions.