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Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: https://ozscamwatchers.com.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where your data is sent

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Privacy Policy for Oz ScamWatchers: Safeguarding Your Personal Data

Effective Date: August 2023

Thank you for choosing Oz ScamWatchers! We value and prioritize the privacy of our users. This Privacy Policy explains how we collect, use, store, share, and protect your personal data in accordance with Australian laws governing data protection. By using our website, you consent to the practices described in this policy.

  1. Personal Data Collection and Usage:

    a. We may collect personal data, including but not limited to your name, email address, and location, when you register on our website, submit information through forms or surveys, or interact with our platform.

    b. The collected data will be used to provide you with access to our services, including scam news, forum participation, and community engagement. It will also enable us to improve our website and tailor the content to better suit your needs.

    c. We may send you promotional emails or newsletters related to scams, scam prevention, and other relevant information. You have the right to opt-out of receiving such communications.

    d. Your personal data will be stored securely and will only be retained for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this policy, or as required by law.

  2. Limiting and Controlling Data Collection:

    a. You have the right to limit the collection and use of your personal data in various ways, including adjusting your account settings and privacy preferences.

    b. You can choose not to provide certain personal information, although this may limit your access to certain features or services on our website.

    c. Our website may use cookies and similar technologies to collect data about your browsing activities. You can manage or disable cookies through your browser settings.

  3. Data Sharing Practices:

    a. We may share your personal data with trusted third-party service providers who assist us in delivering our services, such as hosting, data analytics, or email communication services. These service providers are bound by contractual obligations to protect your data and can only use it for the specified purposes.

    b. We may disclose your personal data if required to do so by law or to comply with legal processes such as subpoenas or court orders.

  4. Data Security Measures:

    a. We implement reasonable technical and organizational measures to protect your personal data from unauthorized access, loss, misuse, alteration, or disclosure.

    b. Despite these efforts, it is important to note that no method of data transmission or storage can be guaranteed as 100% secure. We cannot guarantee the absolute security of your information.

  5. Accessing, Modifying, and Deleting Personal Data:

    a. You have the right to access, correct, update, or delete your personal data held by Oz ScamWatchers. You can do this by logging into your account or contacting us directly.

    b. Upon request, we will provide you with information about the personal data we hold about you and make reasonable efforts to address any concerns you may have regarding your privacy.

We take your privacy seriously and strive to ensure that your personal data is protected. If you have any questions or concerns about our privacy practices or wish to exercise your rights, please contact us via the Community Forum Page.

Last Updated: August 2023

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