Radar alerts

18 September 2013

Beware of scam surveys and fake free offers

SCAMwatch is reminding people to beware of online scams – surveys, emails and social-media posts – offering fake gift vouchers or other bogus inducements in return for disclosing credit card and other personal information.

13 August 2013

This end of financial year, look out for tax refund phishing scams

SCAMwatch and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) are urging consumers and small businesses to be aware of tax refund email scams, with scammers taking advantage of the busy nature of tax time to target you.

1 August 2013

Small businesses beware – ‘Yellow Pages’ directory scam strikes again

SCAMwatch is warning small businesses to be alert as the fake ‘Yellow Pages’ business directory scam has resurfaced in Australia.

31 July 2013

Beware of immigration scams

SCAMwatch and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship are warning people who have migrated to Australia or are currently temporary visa holders to be cautious of immigration-related scams.

17 July 2013

Don’t let your heart be blackmailed

SCAMwatch is again warning those looking for love online to stay on the lookout for scammers.

9 May 2013

Watch out when booking your winter getaway

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to be wary when making plans for a holiday escape this winter.

30 April 2013

Pause to avoid a puppy scam

Looking for a furry friend? Watch out – scammers continue to use cute and cuddly canines to pull on people’s heart strings and get them to part with their money.

18 April 2013

Beware of scammers taking advantage of the Boston marathon tragedy

SCAMwatch is warning consumers to be alert to scammers looking to take advantage of the Boston marathon explosions with malware or donation scams.

28 March 2013

Penalties handed down against operators of charity publications scam targeting small businesses

The operators behind a scam targeting small businesses with false claims about advertising services for publications with a philanthropic slant have been ordered to pay $750,000 in penalties following court action by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

6 March 2013

Police scareware scam continues to target Australians

SCAMwatch is urging people to continue to be alert to a scareware scam where scammers posing as the Australian Federal Police (AFP) try to scare you into handing over money to regain control of your computer.