Phone Scammers will try anything to get your money


 

Scammers will try anything to get your personal or financial information. They then use that information to steal your money or perform other fraudulent activities.

Members have noted that they have seen an increase in the number of attempted phone scams. 

These include calls from fraudsters claiming to be from your bank, phone company, computer provider or other well-known organisations. The fraudsters often request you give them remote access to your computer, which they can then use to access your online banking.

APS Benefits Group will never request (over the phone) remote access to your computer or request you disclose your password to confirm online banking transactions.

If you’re unsure, do not provide any information or grant anyone remote access to your computer!

Data provided by Scamwatch (February, 2017) reveals the top five delivery methods used by scammers and the top five types of scams.

Top 5 Delivery Methods used by Scammers

  1. Email 40%

  2. Phone 35.8%

  3. Internet 8.5%

  4. Text message 7.6%

  5. Mail 2.8%

Top 5 Types of Scams

  1. Unexpected money

  2. Unexpected winnings

  3. Fake charities

  4. Dating & romance

  5. Buying or selling

Scamwatch is run by the Australian Competition & Consumer commission (ACCC). It provides information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, avoid and report scams. To know more about Scamwatch go to https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/ 


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