Gone Phishing - The Top Scams
Written on the 23 August 2013
Every year, thousands of people are caught by scams. A recent Australian Competition & Consumer Commission report stated that in 2012, Australians reported losing over $93m – that’s just the people who reported the scam.
From the ATO
The ATO will never email you asking for personal or credit card details.
This latest scam is just one of many. In another scam, an email purporting to be from the ATO asks the recipient to complete a form attached to the email to receive a tax refund. If opened, the attached zip file releases a virus.
Not the Yellow Pages
In 2011, the Federal Court imposed penalties totalling $2.7m on two overseas companies, Yellow Page Marketing and Yellow Publishing Limited for misleading thousands of businesses into thinking they were dealing with real Sensis Yellow Pages.
Money mules – fake jobs and romance
Money mules are generally recruited through job advertisements offering quick commissions, or through romance scams where singles are asked to receive money with the promise of romance.
Not your bank