Avast Scamdemic Centre
Australia is in the midst of a scamdemic. Reports of cybercriminals targeting the wallets of everyday consumers are continually being reported to government scam watch services like the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Scamwatch in record-high numbers as scammers become craftier with their methods and find new and innovative ways to target and obtain our personal information.
What are the numbers?
This data reflects Australians’ experience with scams. At Avast, we believe in prevention and encourage a unified effort to speak up about our experiences with scams.
Stephen KhoCyber Security Expert at Avast
Examples of recent scams
As scams become more sophisticated and targeted, it can be challenging to identify scams. We have included some examples of recent scams from everyday Australians.
Be wary of receiving text messages or emails from your bank requesting you to verify information
Be critical of requests from governmental bodies requesting you to perform an action in the form of clicking a link where the time frame is attention-seeking or alarmist.
Pay attention to notifications that disclose what company they are from and request an action from you through clicking a link.
People who are speaking up
Below are real accounts of everyday people who have fallen victim to everyday scams to help encourage further conversations and tackle this ever-growing issue.
Kimberley, 32Wollongong, Australia
Ace, 33Sydney, Australia
How to speak to loved ones about identifying and avoiding scams
Act out scenarios
Education is key
If unsure, then ask
There is no shame in falling victim
Encourage a second defence
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