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Cyber Scam Information

Report scams to the authorities

You can report scams to the ACCC via the Report a scam webpage.

You can also report a scam to the appropriate agency to help them warn the community about scams and take action to disrupt scams.

Tyoe of incedent Agency
Banking Your bank or financial institution
Centrelink, Medicare, Child Support and myGov related scams Services Australia SCams and Identity Theft Helpdesk - call 1800 941 126
Cybercrime ReportCyber
Financial and investment scams Australian Securities and Investments Commission
Fraud and theft Your local police - call 131 444
In Victoria call your local police station
Image based abuse (sextortion), cyberbullying and illegal content Office of eSafety Commissioner
Spam Australian Communications and Media Authority
Tax related scams Australian Taxation Office

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Cyber scams target everyone

Scams target people of all backgrounds, ages and income levels across Australia. There's no one group of people who are more likely to become a victim of a scam, all of us may be vulnerable to a scam at some time.

Scams succeed because they look like the real thing and catch you off guard when you’re not expecting it. Scammers are getting smarter and taking advantage of new technology, new products or services and major events to create believable stories that will convince you to give them your money or personal details.

Protect yourself

Be alert to the fact that scams exist. When dealing with uninvited contacts from people or businesses, whether it's over the phone, by mail, email, in person or on a social networking site, always consider the possibility that the approach may be a scam. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Know who you're dealing with. If you've only ever met someone online or are unsure of the legitimacy of a business, take some time to do a bit more research. Do a Google image search on photos or search the internet for others who may have had dealings with them. If a message or email comes from a friend and it seems unusual or out of character for them, contact your friend directly to check that it was really them that sent it.

Do not open suspicious texts, pop-up windows or click on links or attachments in emails – delete them: If unsure, verify the identity of the contact through an independent source such as a phone book or online search. Don't use the contact details provided in the message sent to you.

Don't respond to phone calls about your computer asking for remote access – hang up – even if they mention a well-known company such as Telstra. Scammers will often ask you to turn on your computer to fix a problem or install a free upgrade, which is actually a virus which will give them your passwords and personal details.

Keep your personal details secure. Put a lock on your mailbox and shred your bills and other important documents before throwing them out. Keep your passwords and pin numbers in a safe place. Be very careful about how much personal information you share on social media sites. Scammers can use your information and pictures to create a fake identity or to target you with a scam.

Keep your mobile devices and computers secure. Always use password protection, don’t share access with others (including remotely), update security software and back up content. Protect your WiFi network with a password and avoid using public computers or WiFi hotspots to access online banking or provide personal information.

Choose your passwords carefully. Choose passwords that would be difficult for others to guess and update them regularly. A strong password should include a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols. Don’t use the same password for every account/profile, and don’t share your passwords with anyone.

Review your privacy and security settings on social media. If you use social networking sites, such as Facebook, be careful who you connect with and learn how to use your privacy and security settings to ensure you stay safe. If you recognise suspicious behaviour, clicked on spam or have been scammed online, take steps to secure your account and be sure to report it.

Beware of any requests for your details or money. Never send money or give credit card details, online account details or copies of personal documents to anyone you don’t know or trust. Don't agree to transfer money or goods for someone else: money laundering is a criminal offence.

Be wary of unusual payment requests. Scammers will often ask you to use an unusual payment method, including preloaded debit cards, gift cards, iTunes cards or virtual currency such as Bitcoin.

Be careful when shopping online. Beware of offers that seem too good to be true, and always use an online shopping service that you know and trust. Think twice before using virtual currencies (like Bitcoin) - they do not have the same protections as other transaction methods, which means you can’t get your money back once you send it. Learn more about online shopping scams.

Summary From Tweed Coast IT

When it comes to cyber criminals there is no 100% guarantee. They are getting smarter every day and alway seem to be one step ahead.

  • Enable 2 factor authentication - This means that every time you log into a web site, in addition to entering your password you will receive a message via text on your mobile with a code to enter before you are allowed access to the website. This may be slightly inconvient but it is the best form of protection especially with banking websites.

  • Use complex passwords - make sure your password contains at least 12 charactors, has one capital, one number and one symbol like a #.

  • Try to avoid using the same password on multiple websites - Everyone does this and hackers know that aswell. Your banking websites have the strongest security but your online store may not. Hackers are smart. They will hack into the online store with weak security and use those credentials to try and access your bank accounts.

  • If you believe you are being scammed. Immediantly pull the power on your computer and ring one of the numbers at the top of the page or Tweed Coast IT.

Do you think your password is strong enough?

Click the below link to find out how long it would take a hacker to crack it.

Check your pasword strength

Think you can spot a scam?

Take this quick 5 minute quiz.

Cyber scam quiz (5 minutes)

Have you been a victim of a cyber scam? Click on one of the below Australian Government links, our information page or contact us directly for advice.

Victim of a scam?
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