Avast Scamdemic Centre
New Zealand 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 CERT NZ 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?
The data reflects New Zealanders' 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 New Zealanders.
Pay attention to notifications that disclose what company they are from and request an action from you by clicking a link.
Be wary of receiving text messages or emails that seem too good to be true and request you to contact them for the offer via clicking on a link.
Text scams can be targeted and personal, don’t take immediate action from a number you don’t recognise or doesn’t make sense for you to be receiving.
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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