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So far this year scammers have stolen more than $7.2 million from Australians by gaining access to home computers, an increase of 184 per cent compared to the same period last year.
… Losses to car ad scams climbing … Australians have already lost over $288,000 to vehicle scams in the first quarter of this year, more than all losses reported to Scamwatch in … To protect your identity, never provide your personal details to someone you have only met online. “Fortunately, …
… Payment redirection scams cost Australian businesses $14 million … Australian … are much higher as these scams are reported to a range of different organisations. In a payment redirection scam, … by intercepting legitimate invoices and amending the bank details before releasing emails to the intended recipients. …
… Romance baiting scams on the rise … Australians reported a record-breaking … conversation to an encrypted chat site. After a few weeks of developing a relationship, the scammer will begin asking … you met on an app and never give financial or personal details to someone you’ve only met online,” Ms Rickard said. …
Nearly 6000 businesses reported being targeted by scams in 2016 according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Targeting Scams report, with losses totalling around $3.8 million, an increase of almost 31 per cent.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning people to watch out for dodgy internet pop-up windows claiming there are viruses or other seemingly nasty tech problems affecting their computer.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning online shoppers to be wary of scammers masquerading as legitimate online retailers, often selling well-known brands at too-good-to-be-true prices.

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