Getting scammed is an extremely distressing experience - and three iTandCoffee clients suffered that terrible experience recently.
One client found that someone had gained access to a range of her social media accounts - and had even changed the password and email address for one of these, so she was no longer able to access it.
Another client fell for a scam call, and the scammers initiated transfers of thousands of dollars - which were luckily stopped by her bank.
The third client received as strange message on her screen - saying she had a virus and to call the number provided, which she did.
Let's look at what happened in each of these cases - and what lessons can be learned from each.
6/11/2021 0 Comments
This week is Scam's Awareness Week - where the ACCC is aiming to increase awareness and education around the variety of scams that are constantly circulating - especially a range of recent scams.
In support of this, we are featuring in this article some of the material provided by the ACCC to help educate about scams.
I was contacted by a family member this week after she received a text message that worried her. She had called the number provided in the text before realising it was likely a scam, and (luckily) hung up before any damage was done.
Then, a couple of days later, I received exactly the same scam text message.
The text is shown below. Be on the alert for it, and definitely DO NOT call the number provided. Those on the other end pretend to be Amazon.
The above email was received by a family member this week. She thought it looked legitimate, but decided to check with me before tapping on the link. Thank goodness she did, because it is most definitely NOT legitimate.
Here are the stand-out things that told me straight away that it was a scam.
26/2/2020 3 Comments
Wow - this one was good!
I had only just done my BAS on Sunday, and had signed in to myGov account while doing this. As usual, this resulted in a verification number being texted to my phone (which you can see in the left-most screen-shot shown above).
Two days later I got a text IN THE SAME myGov Messages conversation, asking me to 'update your payment details'. Given that I had just done my BAS, my first reaction was to think that maybe I had done something wrong in terms of the payment.
You can see the that the circled message above had a website that, on first look, almost seemed legitimate. It wasn't even a link, which could lead one to think that it was not a 'phishing' scam. But is was.
A scam that is 'doing the rounds' is one that my husband received a few weeks ago. He got a text in the middle of the night requesting urgent help, from a number that he didn't recognise. Thinking it might be from his elderly parents or someone texting on their behalf, he called the number when he saw it first thing the next day.
Recently, I have been seeing a huge number of my Facebook friends friend re-posting the same post (or slight variations thereof) - stating that Facebook is limiting posts from their friends and that, getting friends to leave a comment or sticker in response to their post will force Facebook to show posts from a wider range of their friends
Here are just some of the scams I came across this week. If you have any you would like to share with us, leave a comment at the bottom.
Beware of fake NAB text (or text from any other 'bank')
Just this morning, I received an SMS - it is shown on the left in the image above. While I did know it would be a scam, I tapped the link on my iPhone to see where it took me. (I wouldn't recommend this to others, but knew in this case I would be safe to look at the where it took me.)
On the right in the above image is the web page that I was taken to. It looks very 'real', doesn't it?
But the first sign it is a scam is that there is no 'lock' symbol on the left of the website at the top of the screen, which you should always check for on any site that asks you to enter any details. Here's what it should have looked like.
No, I don't have any 'Bitcoin'
In another text I received this week, I was advised that I had 'Bitcoin' in my account, valued at $7616.11. Lucky me! Unfortunately, yet another scam to beware of.
Fake WhatsApp app in the Google Play store
If you are an Android user, be sure that you didn't download a fake WhatsApp app that appeared in the Google Play store. Apparently, over 1 million people have downloaded this fake, malicious app.
Read more about this one here:
Beware of dating apps
While very few people who read this newsletter are likely to be using dating apps like Tinder, here is news of potential 'leaks' of your private information associated with these apps. (PS. I saw this in the press, not because I use any of these apps!)
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