This week is National Consumer Fraud Week so lets talk about online fraud.
What Are The Key Traps
- Treat emails with great suspicion, if it looks too good to be true it probably is
- Banks do not send you emails asking for credit card details , password log ins etc , there are numerous ones around currently mostly with the Westpac logo
- You will not receive $50 for completing a customer service survey , it is there to get your credit card details
- Anything to do with Western Union in an email is usually fake
- The Australian tax office does not send messages via email telling you that you have a refund
- Your internet provider does not ask you to change details via an email
- Parcel delivery companies do not advise you via email
- You have not won a lottery
- Investment opportunities are not done via email
- Online casinos and giving them your credit card details are a disaster waiting to happen
- Dating companies and your credit card – do some research on the company – that is what Google is for
- Paypal will always use your first and last name , if not its fake
- eBay – Gumtree – use Paypal as an intermediary – beware of fake responses to your postings
- Do not respond to phone calls from Microsoft etc , its all about your credit card details
- Horse racing laptop investment schemes
Many of these traps will ask you to click a link in the email, which will usually resort in malware being downloaded to your computer if you have not kept your operating system up to date
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