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The latest report from Scamwatch advising that Australian businesses have been hit hard by email scams resulting in losses of over $7.2 million.

https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/news/australian-businesses-hit-hard-by-email-scams

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The latest Scamwatch report which advises that Australians lost $500 million to scams last year.

https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/news/scams-cost-australians-half-a-billion-dollars

Thankfully none of it was my money.

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https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/news/payment-demanded-by-gift-card-its-a-scam

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The latest warning from Scamwatch regarding vulnerable consumers losing a record amount to scammers in 2018.

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Latest warning from Scamwatch.

https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/news/warning-about-tax-scams

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A new warning from Scamwatch regarding fake charities.

https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/news/warning-about-fake-charity-scams

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https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/news/warning-about-emergency-text-messages

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https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/news/dont-swipe-right-on-a-scammer-this-valentines-day

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https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/news/watch-out-for-holiday-season-scams

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The latest warning from Scamwatch.

https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/news/hackers-targeting-businesses-emails-in-sophisticated-scam

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Just received an email from Scamwatch regarding the celebrity scams.

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Yet another scam warning regarding the use of legitimate police telephone numbers and callers impersonating police officers threatening to arrest the victims if a fictious fine is not paid in gift cards.

Grubs.

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I haven’t yet encountered this particular one but have many of the others over the past few years. The Microsoft/Telstra tech support one had been a more common than the others type of contact but most of these end up on my Spam SIM number and they don’t leave messages anymore :slight_smile:

It can get a bit tiring to advise friends about likely Spam emails and calls but I would rather help them than have them caught by the dodgy “Grubs”. I just wish a few of my family and similar would at least use masked emails when having to sign up at unfamiliar sites, most times if the site remains a good one then they can always amend their email address to their “true” one if they want.

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What is concerning is scam are becoming more prevalent in Australia today. If they didn’t work, the scammer would go elsewhere.

In many other countries the community have been brought up with scams and are possibly more used to ignoring them. In Australia, scams are relatively more recent and common…possibly exacerbated by the internet and VOIP age. Many of us who are possibly over 30 were not brought up with scams and don’t know how to respond to them. I suspect that this is greater in older generations (70+) which would have their younger days in a time when one to trust others and others showed respect back.

Unfortunately the world has changed and maybe many Australian may be ill-prepared and why they readily succumb to sch scams.

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