The Dangers of Phishing Scams - How to Stay Safe

7 July, 2020
Unfortunately, times of uncertainty and economic unpredictability - often mean scams and security threats are more prevalent.

Many companies and organisations across Australia - and the world - are seeing or being advised of potential cyber security threats.

It’s disappointing and disheartening - but there are ways to avoid falling victim to phishing scams. 

Here is some information from Scamwatch about things you need to look out for, and the steps you can take to protect your information. 

Phishing Scams - What Are They?

Phishing scams are attempts by scammers to trick you into giving out personal information such as your bank account numbers, passwords and credit card numbers.

The scammer contacts you, pretending to be from a legitimate business like a bank, telephone or internet service provider. You may be contacted by email, social media, phone call, or text message.

What Do Phishing Scams Look Like?

The scammer asks you to provide or confirm your personal details. Or, if they are being creative, they may ask you to fill out a customer survey and offer a prize for participating.

This threat typically will have one or more of following characteristics:
  • They often use a one-time email service to send the phishing threat email
  • They may use a (previously compromised) real account to send the threat
  • The email or text message does not address you by your proper name, and may contain typing errors and grammatical mistakes.
  • The website address does not look like the address you usually use and is requesting details the legitimate site does not normally ask for.
  • You notice new icons on your computer screen, or your computer is not as fast as it normally is.

Reach out

If you receive any communications from a company or organisation that appears suspicious - contact them.

Make an independent check with the organisation in question before handing over any details. 

If you take this precaution, you will be able to protect yourself from phishing scams.

For more information, visit Scamwatch - or call our staff if you have any questions.