The urgent message from the Fraud and Cyber Crime Group regarding scams 22



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If it feels like there’s been more scams than usual lately, you’d be right. So much so that the Fraud and Cyber Crime Group have issued a warning to both businesses and individuals to be on high alert.


“In the last month we have noticed a dramatic increase in not only the number of scams circulating, but the sophisticated nature of these scams. We are concerned and need to ensure the community is taking every possible step to prevent this from happening to them.

“The theft of personal and business data will continue. Whether these thefts be aimed at the individual or at larger organisations as part of strategic ransomware attacks, these crimes are highly profitable for criminals and will without question, continue to rise,” Acting Detective Superintendent Terry Lawrence of the Fraud and Cyber Crime Group said.

Recent attacks have included not only malware and ransomware attacks, but attempts to steal identity (through phishing, hacking, remote access scams and document theft) and cyber attacks on business and Government agencies.

“The offenders behind these attacks are relentless and while we continue to see the same scams reinvented or reinterpreted, there are always new ones that leave us very concerned,” he said.

The most common scams involve malware which is used by scammers to hack into your files and track your activities. Sometimes, the scammers will demand money to unlock your files.

Identity theft continues to target people through phishing (links in emails), hacking (gaining access through security scams), and remote access scams (you allow a “helpdesk” to take control of your computer). And even still, scammers stealing information through your credit cards and details from your letterbox, continue to be a threat.

Here’s how you can protect yourself:


• Do not open attachments or click links in emails or social media messages that are unsolicited or unexpected. Delete them.
• Be wary of any free downloads or website access. They may install harmful software without your knowledge
• Keep your security up to date on your electronic devices ie download anti-virus software from a trusted source.
• Never send money or give credit card, passwords, online account details or documents to anyone you do not know.
• Be careful of the information on your social media profile. A birthday, middle name and address can be enough for a scammer to build a profile on you and steal your identity.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day. 


Tell us, have you ever been the victim of a scam? What happened?


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  1. Also, NEVER respond to Facebook or other social media posts looking for ‘likes’ or ‘amens’ to emotion-grabbing posts (disabled children etc. usually false) or religious stuff. The people posting this rubbish on-sell your details when they have enough responses to make selling the posts profitable. BLOCK them.

  2. I sometimes get upward of 50 emails a day in my box I only open the ones from known friends, the rest straight to the sin bin.

  3. I have had several phone calls from foreign sounding people claiming they are from Telstra Tech Dept. have checked with with Telstra these are scammers.

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    • not only Telstra but the ATO as well. The ATO doesn’t contact you by phone and certainly not to verify names etc – they have all that info!

  4. Yes i had some person the USA tried to scam me through Facebook saying i had won 500’000 dollars NZ & for them the authenticity i had to forward $ 360 into an account in Canada that got the flags flying,,, so i started to play there silly game i had them on for a while,,, they were telling me all this garbage & just as they thought they had me i came in with there thinking &profile i blocked it all from my message app, no more problems,,, i felt good after that little exercise ,,,,,

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    • Don’t even open them Denis. Sometimes they have malware attached to them which can give them access to everything on your computer including your banking details. Good idea to change all your passwords. 🙂

  5. My mum was phoned by “Centrelink” in the last cpl days saying she was entitled to a $7000 refund…. But she would have to go to PO and pay $500 tax first. She knew it was a scam rang my sisters who checked it on Scamwatch or similar but it has left her feeling extremely vulnerable

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