Millions of Australians are online and using smart phones every day. While using computers, mobile devices and the internet is incredibly useful, it can also leave us exposed to fraudulent activity. This doesn’t mean we have to be scared to go online or use digital technology – but it does mean we need to be aware so we can protect ourselves.
Types of scams so you know what to look out for:
A scammer will establish a romantic relationship with their victim over the internet and via messaging apps – over a period of weeks, months or even years. They often claim to live overseas or be Australian but travelling. They then use this relationship to fraudulently ask you to send them money.
A scammer will offer to invest your money in a scheme or program that promises unusually high returns. After showing some fake early results, the scammer will then take your money and disappear.
Remote access scams
This is where a scammer tricks you into giving up control of your computer so that they can access it from their location. The main purpose of a remote access scam is to get you to purchase unnecessary software, but it can also expose your personal details to other scammers.
This is a common type of scam when a scammer sends a fraudulent message disguised as something legitimate (such as an email from a friend or your bank). The aim of the scam is to trick the recipient into giving up personal details, which allow the scammer to access the victim’s finances or personal identity.
Common Phishing scams can include:
There is also plenty of further information available on the following government websites:
If you’d like to learn more about scams please book a lesson with one of our Technology Tutors or register your interest to attend a small group class next year on this topic. You can call our friendly reception team on 3624 2110 or pop by the counter when you next visit us.
All phishing scams rely on inattention or natural curiosity of the victim. Always remember:
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