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Online fraud and shopping scams among the top cybercrimes targeting Australians

Nov 28, 2019 - Australians are urged to be vigilant and protect themselves online, especially over the busy festive period. The Australian Cyber Security Centre receives one cybercrime report every ten minutes from individuals and businesses. The most common types of cybercrime reported are identity theft, online fraud, shopping scams, online romance scams and business email compromise.  Cybercriminals don’t discriminate and their crimes impact Australians of all ages, as well as businesses.
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ACSC ADVISORY: Sextortion Campaign

Jul 24, 2019 - The ACSC is aware of a sextortion scam email campaign targeting the Australian community. The ACSC, Office of the eSafety Commissioner and Scamwatch have received over 300 reports this week. This scam may appear to originate from an individual’s own email address and threatens to release personal and sensitive information unless the scammer is paid money.
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Business Email Compromise freight forwarding scam

Jul 23, 2019 - The ACSC is warning small to medium sized businesses supplying IT and electrical products of a social engineered email scam requesting quotes on goods. A number of Australian businesses have been forced to close since the scam began due to the losses they have sustained. The amounts lost average between $30K and $100K with the largest to date being $170K. To date, the cyber criminals have yielded more than $700,000 through what has been termed freight forwarding scams.
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Never let a stranger remotely access your devices

May 23, 2019 - The ACSC regularly receives reports from businesses and members of the public about remote access scams. Most of these reports are from people whose devices have been remotely accessed by scammers pretending to be from IT companies, telecommunications companies, banks or even from the ACSC, who attempt to access people’s bank accounts, email, and social media channels, usually changing the passwords and locking users out of their accounts.
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Follow our essential steps to protect your business

May 15, 2019 - This week is national Privacy Awareness Week, an annual initiative of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) that raises awareness of privacy issues and the importance of protecting personal information. Malicious or criminal attacks are deliberately crafted to exploit known vulnerabilities for financial or other gain. Many cyber incidents exploit vulnerabilities involving a human factor, such as unwittingly clicking on a malicious link and disclosing passwords.
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Phone scammers impersonating ACSC

May 9, 2019 - Telephone scams - where people pretend to be from a reputable organisation to try to get access to your computer and your bank account - are a constant threat. The ACSC is aware of a new scam where people call who pretend to be from the ACSC, seeking your help to act against cyber criminals. These scammers try to coax individuals into actions that could compromise computers or reveal bank information. These types of scams are also called ‘remote access scams’ or impersonation scams.
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Take steps to better secure yourself

May 2, 2019 - The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has released a checklist to help Australians protect themselves from cyber criminals. Lottery and grant scams, identity theft, investment scams, hacking, phishing, dating and romance scams, online abuse and sextortion are just some of the threats people face.
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Subject -- Urgent payroll request

Apr 3, 2019 - Cyber criminals are trying to commit payroll fraud by sending fake emails requesting a change to your bank details. The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware that fraudulent emails have been received by organisations across Australia. These emails spoof the emails and signature blocks of staff, and are sent to HR/payroll areas appearing to ask for a change in bank account details for the current or next pay.  Workers often become targets while on holiday, when their Facebook or Instagram updates reveal that they are away for an extended period of time.
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Fake CIA emails requesting Bitcoin or arrest

Mar 20, 2019 - The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware of malicious emails claiming to be from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that are being received by Australians. The emails align with the ‘sextortion’ campaign being observed globally. The criminals inform recipients that due to their involvement in illegal material, the recipient’s personal information such as; addresses, contact information and information relating to their relative/s are contained in a case file. The recipient is advised they can avoid arrest by paying a $10,000 USD in bitcoin.
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Don't get burned by email scams this Summer

Jan 14, 2019 - At this time of the year, Australia sees its fair share of extreme weather events. From savage storms to raging bushfires, these extreme weather conditions can take place unexpectedly, leaving Australians little time to consider the possibility of being the target of cybercrime. Cybercriminals will take advantage of these stressful situations, pursuing individuals and businesses when they least expect. As witnessed in the United States late last year during Hurricane Florence, cyber scammers are indiscriminate in who they choose to target and will attempt to make a profit in…
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"Whatsapp Gold" is a hoax

Jan 9, 2019 - The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware that messages are circulating on Whatsapp that attempt to lure people into using a ‘gold’ version of the app. The scam urges victims to sign up for an ‘upgrade’. After clicking on the link you would be redirected to a fake page and your phone would become infected with malware. Remember, any updates to WhatsApp usually happen automatically through the app. If you receive a request to download 'WhatsApp Gold' do not click the link. Delete it.

Phishing email scam – tender invitation

Jan 9, 2019 - The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware of phishing emails allegedly from the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, inviting the recipient to respond to a tender invitation. This email is a scam, and the fake tender document attached contains malicious web-links that seek to steal your personal information.

Business email compromise, a fast growing scam

Oct 12, 2018 - The Melbourne Joint Cyber Security Centre (JCSC) hosted a two-hour seminar yesterday on Business Email Compromises (BECs), which many cyber security experts consider to be the major current cybercrime threat to business. The seminar provided information to small and medium business representatives, as these sectors are particularly targeted by cybercriminals who are perpetrating BECs. The JCSC worked with Small Business Victoria, the Victorian Small Business Commissioner and the ACCC's Consumer and Small Business Strategies Branch, to invite key Victorian business…

Scammers claiming to be from government

Sep 3, 2018 - The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware of a phone scam in which scammers are posing as employees from Australian Government Agencies. Scammers are attempting to convince you that your computer has been compromised, and to assist in their investigation, they're asking for remote access via a legitimate screen sharing program such as TeamViewer. The scammer then attempts to persuade you to take actions, such as enter a URL into your browser and access your online banking service which then compromises your computer to reveal banking information, enabling them…
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Phone scams

Aug 14, 2018 - There are many ways scammers try to get your information or money over the phone. They will usually pretend to be from a well-known organisation, such as a government agency, a utilities provider, Australia Post, a bank or the police. They can be incredibly convincing.
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Identity theft

Aug 14, 2018 - The Australian Cyber Security Centre provides you with up-to-date advice on current threats and vulnerabilities, as well as guidance on mitigation and cyber security best practice.
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Email scams

Aug 14, 2018 - The Australian Cyber Security Centre provides you with up-to-date advice on current threats and vulnerabilities, as well as guidance on mitigation and cyber security best practice.
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Unauthorised cryptomining

Jul 1, 2018 - The Australian Cyber Security Centre provides you with up-to-date advice on current threats and vulnerabilities, as well as guidance on mitigation and cyber security best practice.
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Business email compromise

Jul 1, 2018 - Business email compromise (BEC) is an online scam where a cybercriminal impersonates a business representative to trick you, an employee, customer or vendor into transferring money or sensitive information to the scammer. To begin, a cybercriminal impersonates a trusted person using an email address that appears to be legitimate (this is known as "masquerading"). To do this, they may use a username that is almost identical to the trusted person's name, or a domain that is almost identical to the name of the trusted person's company. Alternatively, they could replace the "from…