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Scammers have always been a menace, using tactics such as phone calls, text messages, emails, social media requests, and even traditional letters to trick people into parting with their money. While some scams are glaringly obvious, like the infamous 'Nigerian prince' scam, others are more subtle and sophisticated, making them harder to spot...
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In an age where technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate, so are the methods employed by scammers to exploit unsuspecting victims. A recent case involving a 71-year-old war veteran who lost $18,000 to an elaborate Netflix scam serves as a stark reminder of the dangers lurking in our digital world. Shane Arnold, a hardworking...
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Uwe Aranas/Shutterstock The Australian government has brought forward plans to criminalise doxing, bringing nationwide attention to the harms of releasing people’s private information to the wider public. The government response comes after the public release of almost 600 names and private chat logs of a WhatsApp group of Australian Jewish...
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In the digital age, the security of our personal information is paramount. For Apple iPhone users, a recent threat has emerged in the form of a deceptive app that mimics a legitimate password safety and encryption site. This app, designed to steal your passwords, has been removed from the App Store, but Apple is urging its customers to...
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Be warned about fake text messages hi there! We all know about fake text messages but you do need to look carefully at them. I received this text message supposedly from MyGov, a few days ago, on a Sunday. I never "click on the link" so I was on my way to check on my computer when I looked at it more closely. Can you see what gave it away as a...
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Phone Scams: How To Stay Safe......................... Phone Scams: How To Stay Safe Home / Handy Tips / Phone Scams It pays to be vigilant when you receive an unusual phone call or text. According to Scamwatch, Australia’s organisation dedicated to protecting consumers against scams, half of the 286,622 scams reported in 2021 were contacted...
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F Y I - How to Spot Fake Sellers and Amazon Scams How to Spot Fake Sellers and Amazon Scams Home / Handy Tips / Amazon Scams Did you realise that scammers are also operating from Amazon? Look out for these red flags. While Amazon sells many products itself, the online store is also filled with third-party sellers taking advantage of the...
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How you can boost your cyber security in 2024
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Australia Post scam!!!!!!!! with pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! . Well the scammers are really trying to make sure we take notice of their scams. They are sending photos of an Australia Post Van to make it more convincing. I have sent this to scam watch but thought I would make everyone at SDC aware of the lengths they are going to now. Stay...
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As technology continues to evolve at an unprecedented pace, so do the strategies utilised by scammers, posing new challenges for individuals and businesses alike. A recent incident served as a stark reminder of this reality, as an Australian small business owner finds themselves grappling with a staggering loss of $50,000 due to a cunning...
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In a world where technology is increasingly becoming a part of our daily lives, it's important to be aware of the potential dangers that lurk in the digital realm. One such danger is the rise of scams targeting the elderly, who may not be as tech-savvy as younger generations. A recent case involving a grandfather serves as a stark reminder of...
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Amazon Prime scam Phone call message to say my Amazon Prime subscription is due for renewal, if want to cancel #1, guy on the other end with subcontinental accent so after some questions I said I would cancel direct through my Prime a/c. we can do that and have sent you a OTP. When he asked for it I replied : it says do not divulge to...
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Facebook users beware. A warning to your readers. I'd like to warn everyone using Facebook to be on alert for ads from a company who copy the well known seller, Temu. They are not Temu but are an American company named VANCEONES LIMITED.COMGB their phone number is 44 7361 631371. They will accept your order, take your payment but you will not...
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Google Chrome, the world's most widely used web browser, is currently under threat from a fraudulent update that's been dubbed 'very dangerous'. Disguised as a legitimate Chrome update, malicious software has been found stealing private data, messages, and photos from unsuspecting users. This alarming news comes from a recent report by...
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How can you tell is an email you have used in an social media site or application has been compromised This is a handy website that you can use to check if the email online has been compromised along with the password you have used. just type your email in the this URL below (when you see the letters https before the URL = Unform Resource...
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Valentine's Day is a time for love and companionship, but it's also a prime opportunity for heartless scammers to prey on those looking for romance. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has issued an urgent warning about a heartless scam that's been sweeping the nation. Known as 'pig butchering' or 'romance baiting,' this scam targets lonely...
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In the wake of natural disasters, the Australian government steps in to provide much-needed financial aid to those affected. However, this system of support has become a target for fraudsters, with over 33,000 scammers attempting to claim a staggering $33 million of the government's disaster recovery payments since January 2022. Services...
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A group of HSBC Australia customers have found themselves at the mercy of a sophisticated scam, losing a staggering total of $1.25 million. Now, they're fighting back, demanding the global banking giant address what they believe are significant flaws in its digital security. The scam, which has affected at least 24 individuals across...
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The world of online ticket sales can be a minefield, and even the most savvy among us can fall prey to scams. Case in point, a Channel Nine journalist and presenter recently found herself $1200 out of pocket after falling for a fake ticket scam for Taylor Swift's highly anticipated The Eras Tour. Deborah Knight was simply trying to...
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In the digital age, online marketplaces have become a convenient platform for buying and selling goods. However, as a Melbourne man recently discovered, these platforms can also be a hunting ground for thieves and scammers. Imran Ali Shah, 22, had his $2000 Samsung S24 phone stolen by a masked thief who posed as a buyer on Facebook...
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In the age of online shopping, many have had their fair share of strange experiences. But for one Adelaide woman, her recent purchase on Facebook Marketplace took a bizarre turn that left her scratching her head in disbelief. Debbie, a resident of Craigmore, thought she had scored a great deal when she found a brand-new TV listed on...
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Disclaimer: The name with an asterisk (*) has been changed to protect the person's privacy in this story. In the digital age, online marketplaces have become a convenient platform for buying and selling goods. However, as one Australian woman discovered, they can also be a breeding ground for scams. Susie*, a deaf woman, and her partner...
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Facebook loosers Us old timers remember the days of the trading post, you would go to place of location and purchase all transactions were done in cash there and then. I get tied of hearing FB scams and over the 20 years of FB the masses have slowly been conditioned to believing it on FB and that sounds like a bargain I will buy or put a...
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In a harrowing tale of modern-day theft, an Australian charity worker found himself the victim of a sophisticated scam that drained $120,000 from his home loan account. The scam, which involved the increasingly common tactic of phone number 'porting', left him financially devastated and battling with his bank, HSBC, over the responsibility...
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As Valentine's Day approaches, a day of love and affection, Australians are urged to stay vigilant against a less romantic side of the holiday—romance scams. Last year, an estimated $33 million was lost to these heartbreaking scams, and one of Australia's major banks, the National Australia Bank (NAB), is stepping up to educate its customers...
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