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October 2015

October 13

Scammers taking advantage of Ashley Madison affair among South Australia's worst ABC News

SA Police warn of new scams, including one which cost woman almost $500k The Advertiser

Beware The 'Front Desk Scam' Aimed At Hotel Guests Lifehacker

Scam warning! Do not press that button until you’ve read this Starts at Sixty

October 12

Dating Scams Have Cost Australians More Than $14.8 Million This Year HuffPost Australia

Windows 10 scam doing the rounds: Scamwatch Computerworld

Tax scammers ramping up efforts, warns H&R Block Accountants Daily

October 8

SA couple arrested over alleged scam targeting elderly woman ABC News

September 2015

Septemeber 25

Police strikeforce to investigate Medicare rebate scam Sydney Morning Herald

Septemeber 24

Scammers are using fake Facebook 'dislike' buttons to trick usersBusiness Insider

Instagram scam exploits social media vanityCRN Tech

Septemeber 23

How to protect yourself from cyber criminals The New Daily

September 22

Australian Federal Police scam targets Esperance small businessesThe Esperance Express

September 21

Downs residents caught in scam disguised as Australia Post Warwick Daily News

Facebook puppy scam causes pet buyers to lose thousands: Consumer Protection Perth Now

Consumer Affairs sounds warning over “aggressive” tax scam Smart Company

September 18

Victorian woman charged over alleged online romance scam involving at least two Queensland men ABC News

September 17

Scammers fleece thousands from international studentsThe Age

September 16

Woman gets dumped, discovers fiance left her for an online scammercNet

Online dating scammers strip six Geelong victims of almost $1m Geelong Advertiser

September 15

Millennials the most at risk generation in the online world: NortonARN

September 14

Perth businessman's dodgy tax scareWA today

September 8

$6m drug courier claims scamau.news.yahoo.com

Rockingham agent thwarts potential scam Community News

App takes photo of user and holds phone to ransom The Australian Business Review

September 3

How to avoid been scammed online news.com.au

September 2

Wikipedia Bans Hundreds Of Editors Who Extorted Users For Cash Gizmodo

August 2015

August 31

Puppy scam hits local mum hard Community News

Big ticket scams are no small beer Choice

August 28

Scammers are targeting some of London's biggest tech startup with a 'sophisticated' email trick Business Insider Australia

August 26

Scams costing Australians millions The Daily Telegraph

'A Wish For Your Friend' JB Hi-Fi gift email scam far from friendly Smart Company

August 25

More charges likely for 'Irish Boy'au.news.yahoo.com

Charges after allegation call centre investment scam fleeced $4 million News.com.au

Tax scams prevalentcootamundraherald.com.au

August 24

Tax scam targets councillorbaysidenews.com.au

August 23

The 'Wolf of WhatsApp' wants to sell you penny stocksbusinessinsider.com.au

Amber Rose 'outraged' over online sex scamau.news.yahoo.com

Phone scam victims told to pay tax debts or face arrestwarwickdailynews.com.au

August 21

West African scams just the 'tip of the iceberg' for WA's vulnerable watoday.com.au

Volunteer a victim of dealership scamtheherald.com.au

Tax scam hits Griffithdailyadvertiser.com.au

Phone tax scam hits Albury-Wodongabordermail.com.au

August 20

Tax time phone scam targeting residents, police warncanberratimes.com.au

August 19

Residents warned of phone tax scamsouthcoastregister.com.au

Two accused of car scamau.news.yahoo.com

August 18

Rental scam warning: Gorokan single mum ripped off $1500 from bogus ‘landlord’dailytelegraph.com.au

August 17

‘Irish Boys’ ‘boiler room’ fraud scam crime syndicate smashed by CCCnews.com.au

Man accused of funding terrorist may be a scam victim, court toldcouriermail.com.au

No Irish joke for Qld betting scam victims9news.com.au

August 16

Good people tricked into doing bad thingsdailytelegraph.com.au

August 14

Scammers using new tactics to steal your money onlinenews-mail.com.au

August 13

Hunter police issue ATO scam warningtheherald.com.au

SCAM: "Have you been in an accident in the past two years?"dailyexaminer.com.au

August 12

Wynnum grandmother falls victim to roof scam, police urge vigilancecouriermail.com.au

Pet Scam Raises Alarmthewesterner.com.au

August 11

Police: beware of ATO scamwww.forbesadvocate.com.au

Woodcroft woman scammed after receiving a threatening hoax call from the High Commission of Indiawww.dailytelegraph.com.au

Scammers use ransomware to lock computers and demand dollarswww.choice.com.au

Elderly Sydney man charged in cocaine scamwww.9news.com.au

August 10

Avoiding falling for romance scam trapswww.news.com.au

Scammers end the online romantic fairytaleau.finance.yahoo.com

August 8

Three separate fraudulent rip-offs reported in a week in Boroondarawww.heraldsun.com.au

August 6

From email scam victim to heroin smuggler: Donald Clay's cautionary talewww.abc.net.au

August 5

Man appears over alleged fake gold scamwww.skynews.com.au

Police raid contractors' homes in Australia Post fraud investigation, foreign student scam; three chargedwww.abc.net.au

House repair scam: Thieves target Brisbane's older residentswww.brisbanetimes.com.au

August 4

SCAM: Free laptop and cheap course? It’s too good to be truewww.dailyexaminer.com.au

Windows 10 upgrade scams kick off with ransomwarewww.cso.com.au

August 3

Resident warns of new Centrelink phone scamwww.thecourier.com.au

Woman allegedly poses as model online to steal money from Cairns manwww.cairnspost.com.au

August 2

There's a fake Windows 10 upgrade email scam that could take over your computerwww.businessinsider.com.au

July 2015

July 31

SA Police issues warning on ransomware scam virus crippling computerswww.couriermail.com.au

Police warn residents of phone scamswww.themorningbulletin.com.au

Qld grain director jailed over legume scamwww.9news.com.au

Blue Care warns Southern Downs resident of phone scamwww.warwickdailynews.com.au

SA student loses work to computer scamwww.9news.com.au

July 30

Scam victim guilty of counterfeit banknoteswww.examiner.com.au

Boorowa residents targeted by scammerswww.boorowanewsonline.com.au

10 years jail for men who scammed hundreds of Australianswww.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au

Gold Coast man accused of scamming $600k through loans businesswww.brisbanetimes.com.au

Duo jailed in Qld for investment scamwww.news.com.au

Scammers masquerading as Telstra employees steal $2100 from elderly Toorak manwww.heraldsun.com.au

July 29

Con man Dene Broadbelt vows to repay victims if they agreed to be filmed as cash is handed overntnews.com.au

Vietnam vet stole from his employersau.news.yahoo.com

Aussies businesses duped in fake ads scamsbs.com.au

Scam warning: Toowoomba Blue Care clients targetedthechronicle.com.au

July 28

‘Spate’ of scams in operation this tax seasonaccountantsdaily.com.au

July 27

British pensions scam losses triple in month after freedoms - dataau.news.yahoo.com

July 25

Fake bills sent to tens of thousands of Telstra customersnews.com.au

July 24

3 Estonian men jailed over cyber scamtheaustralian.com.au

Scammers targeting Childers residentsnews-mail.com.au

Gold Coast man allegedly posed as police staffer to scam One Punch Can Kill donationsabc.net.au

July 23

Warnings over Australia Post email scamsbs.com.au

Fake finance department offering moneydailyexaminer.com.au

July 22

Scam caller in Tweed prompts general warningnorthernstar.com.au

Police issue scam warning youngwitness.com.au

Ex-Glory man Million Butshiire on scam countsau.news.yahoo.com

July 21

How to protect against scammers theage.com.au

Anti-scam tool launched as losses growpsnews.com.au

July 18

Hotels warn fake deals on the rise au.news.yahoo.com

Woman claims she works for college, college says she doesn’tnews-mail.com.au

July 16

Doorknocker offering free course is latest scam news-mail.com.au

July 15

Bunbury homes targeted by tax time scammers bunburymail.com.au

Twitter hoax is new twist on old scamtheaustralian.com.au

July 14

Australia: Scam Alert - unsolicited IP services mondaq.com

How to tell if the person you're talking to on a dating app is trying to steal your moneybusinessinsider.com.au

Couple netted $59,899 through Centrelink scamcommunitynews.com.au

Andrew Stoner targeted in blackmail scammacleayargus.com.au

Fake Charity Scams on the Riseprobonoaustralia.com.au

July 13

Ex-NSW deputy premier targeted in extortion scam 9news.com.au

Explainer: How to avoid a scamsbs.com.au

Australians lose $45 million to scams in 2015gladstoneobserver.com.au

Warning on door-to-door conmen hitting Northern Riversnorthernstar.com.au

July 11

Australian mining industry scam lands fake media tycoon in jail moreechampion.com.au

Finding love and scams onlinehttp://blogs.abc.net.au/

July 10

Queensland man records brazen attempt by fraudsters pretending to be the ATO 9news.com.au

Website scam costs investors $2.4 million investordaily.com.au

Toowoomba family exposes charity phone call scam thechronicle.com.au

Police warn elderly to beware of ATO scams gympietimes.com.au

ACCC says online dating scams costs Australians $28 million a year news.com.au

The surge of romance scams in Australia and who falls victim to them watoday.com.au

Two men and a woman from Kanimbla, Cairns, charged with fraud over elaborate Gumtree scam cairnspost.com.au

July 9

Millions feared lost in Tesla share scam 9news.com.au

ATO warns: Fraudsters running tax scam sunshinecoastdaily.com.au

ACCC to disrupt Facbook romance scammers sbs.com.au

Protect yourself against phone scams guyraargus.com.au

July 8

Ultrasound scam prompts call for sonographers to be regulated abc.net.au

Scammers threaten pensioners with arrest if they don't pay northernstar.com.au

July 7

ATO warns of tax time scams: 12 tips to protect your business smartcompany.com.au

Woman pleads guilty to ultrasound scam9news.com.au

July 6

ATO warns of aggressive tax scam news.com.au

NZ woman left $41,000 out of pocket after online scam northernstar.com.au

ATO warns of aggressive tax scam skynews.com.au

July 5

Online scammers target Hunter Valley winemaker Andrew Margan smh.com.au

July 3

‘I was scammed by an online love rat too,’ survivors of internet fraud speak out news.com.au

July 2

Ex-accounting firm employee targeted by ATO scam gladstoneobserver.com.au

Tax scammer threatens elderly woman with court gladstoneobserver.com.au

July 1

Fake rebate scams about news-mail.com.au

Listen as scammer tries - and fails - to trick Bundy woman news-mail.com.au