Scammers are deploying increasingly sophisticated phishing attacks, so it’s important to ensure that you’re aware and remain vigilant.
Phishing is a fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information from you, such as your bank account numbers, credit card details, usernames and passwords. Scammers use this information to carry out fraudulent activity, for example, using your credit card or stealing money from your bank account.
Scamming occurs when scammers try dishonest approaches to steal your personal information or money. They may attempt to gain this information by impersonating a legitimate business and contacting you via email, text message, phone or through social media. Scammers use a legitimate company’s brand and logo to make it appear authentic, and then direct you to a fake website.
If someone is asking for your personal details, take a moment to consider the source and don’t feel pressured to pass on information there and then. Instead, you can go directly to the company via a source you trust (e.g. visit their website via Google, and check that the URL makes sense) and ask if they have approached you in this way.
Scammers often try to get you to click on a link or open an email attachment. Here are some ways that they may encourage you to click:
For more information on scams, visit the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission website.
23 March 2021
6 January 2021