Radar alerts

20 August 2008

Fake rental properties and shared accommodation listings

SCAMwatch is warning prospective tenants to be wary when responding to rental properties advertised on the net where the 'owner' makes various excuses as to why you can't inspect the property but insists on an upfront payment for rent or deposit.

12 August 2008

Airline ticketing scam emails which may cause computer viruses

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to beware of an airline ticketing scam that can download malicious software onto your computer.

7 August 2008

Inheritance scam in your letterbox

The Australian community is warned to be wary of inheritance scam letters from scammers.

4 August 2008

Beijing Olympic Games tickets scams

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to beware of Beijing Olympic Games tickets scams.

1 July 2008

'Death threat' SMS scam

The Australian community is warned to beware of death threat spam text messages from scammers pretending to be a hired hitman in order to extort thousands of dollars from their victims.

20 June 2008

Medical directory scams targeting doctors' surgeries/clinics

Doctors' clinics are warned to beware of aggressive marketing techniques engaged by some advertising companies offering listings in medical directories.

18 April 2008

Telemarketing scam targeting Chinese community

Australia's Chinese community is warned to beware of scammers posing as market researchers from Hong Kong.

10 March 2008

The new little black book of scams is here!

February 2008: We've just released a brand new edition of our very popular The little black book of scams. Find out how to get your free copy!

18 February 2008

Fraud Fortnight 2008 is here now!

Every year, the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce holds a national campaign to help raise awareness about scams and how you can protect yourself. Fraud Fortnight will run from 24 February to 8 March 2008.
24 January 2008

Fake Australian lottery causes confusion overseas

People around the world are being sent emails telling them that they have won a fortune in a fake Australian lottery.