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Monthly Archives: April, 2017

Gobbill was featured in Business IT news debuting its new online service.

April 28th, 2017 Posted by Business Management, Gobbill News, Startup 0 thoughts on “Gobbill was featured in Business IT news debuting its new online service.”

Business IT news: “Gobbill takes care of paying bills on time”  Click here to read the article.

Gobbill was featured in Business Insider Australia debuting its new online service.

April 28th, 2017 Posted by Business Management, Gobbill News, Startup 0 thoughts on “Gobbill was featured in Business Insider Australia debuting its new online service.”

Gobbill was featured in Business Insider Australia debuting its new online service. Read the article here.

 

 

Australian tech start-up Gobbill debuts new digital service to manage bill payments.

April 28th, 2017 Posted by Gobbill News, Media Releases, Startup 0 thoughts on “Australian tech start-up Gobbill debuts new digital service to manage bill payments.”

MELBOURNE, Australia – 28th April 2017:  Australian tech start-up Gobbill debuts new digital service to manage bill payments.

Australian-based digital start-up Gobbill debuts a new digital service to automate and centralise all bill payments, giving users a streamlined solution offering greater security and increased control of their finances. The start-up is sponsored by Microsoft’s BizSpark program and is also a partner of Stay Smart Online, a Commonwealth initiative to keep Australians safe online.

With Australians losing over $229 million[1] to billing scams each year, Gobbill protects users from fake email bill scams. The new service offers users the ability to directly send their email bills to Gobbill for safe and secure payments linked to nominated debit or credit card.

Gobbill founders Shendon Ewans and Quentin Marsh were inspired to build the digital service as a way of managing their own busy lives. “We decided to create Gobbill because we were finding it increasingly time-consuming to manage bill payments. There had to be a better way to manage bills and still be in control of our payments,” said Mr. Ewans.

For those who want to be in control of payments but are time-poor, the new digital service provides a convenient solution. Users simply forward their email bills to their @gobbill.com email address. The service automates every step through to payment. Gobbill helps users to receive their pay on-time discounts, avoid late fees, guard against bill scams and much more.

New users can sign up for a free account at gobbill.com.au

About Gobbill

Gobbill is an Australian digital start-up company focused on household and small business bill payment automation. Gobbill users simply forward their email bills to their @gobbill.com account. Gobbill checks for fraudulent and suspicious email bills and ensures that payments are made on time, helping users avoid late fees, receive their payon-time discounts and protect their consumer credit rating score. Gobbill is a wholly owned and operated Australian company sponsored by Microsoft since 2015.

Media enquiries:

Ms. Grace Stephenson, Media and Communications

Gobbill Pty. Ltd. (ABN 87 607 293 612)

Email: gobbill@gobbill.com.au

Level 1, 382 Little Collins Street, MELBOURNE VIC 3000

[1] Source: ACCC Targeting Scams Report 2015

Scammers are targeting businesses with fake ASIC renewal emails

April 24th, 2017 Posted by Alerts, Internet Safety, Staysmartonline 0 thoughts on “Scammers are targeting businesses with fake ASIC renewal emails”

Scammers are continuing to target Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) Registry customers with fake emails that attempt to obtain money and personal information. ASIC has posted on its website an example of a scam email that claims to come from the ‘ASIC Messaging Service’ and has the subject line ‘Renewal’. The fake message appears to come from a credible email address.

The email text directs recipients to click on a link to obtain information about renewing their business or company name. However, clicking on the link risks infecting the recipients’ computer with malicious software that aims to extract money or sensitive data, or directs the recipient to a fake invoice for payment.

ASIC warns its customers to be wary of emails that do not address them by name, misspell their details and incorporate unknown attachments.

Gobbill is a partner of StaySmartOnline, a Commonwealth initiative to help protect Australian citizens and businesses from cyber related crimes.

 

 

 

Households being lured into misleading electricity and gas deals: energy watchdog

April 16th, 2017 Posted by Alerts, Financial Management 0 thoughts on “Households being lured into misleading electricity and gas deals: energy watchdog”

Energy watchdog (Vic) calls out electricity and gas retailers luring households with discounts of up to 40 per cent, then to increase prices.

The article warned that “households are being lured into deals with the promise of large discounts unaware that companies can ratchet up prices at any time. …discounts of up to 40 per cent offered by electricity and gas retailers are rarely locked in, and called for a dramatic rethink to make power bills fairer for consumers.” Source: The Age 15th April 2017

Gobbill has been calculating the actual % discount amount received for our users and many have found that are not getting what they expected.

This has prompted them to quickly switch service providers.

A ‘huge batch’ of fake MYOB invoices is spreading malware

April 11th, 2017 Posted by Alerts, Internet Safety 0 thoughts on “A ‘huge batch’ of fake MYOB invoices is spreading malware”

A large number of emails pretending to be invoices generated out of MYOB — but actually containing links to dangerous malware — reportedly started circulating this week. Source: Business Insider Australia

Introducing Gobbill, the New Way to Pay Bills

April 11th, 2017 Posted by Featured, Financial Management, Gobbill News, Time Management 0 thoughts on “Introducing Gobbill, the New Way to Pay Bills”

Keeping on top of bills in your email inbox can be a pain. That’s why co-founders Shendon Ewans and Quentin Marsh developed Gobbill, to ease the burden of making online bill payments and remove the need to keep track of multiple bill due dates.

With over 1 year of user testing and product improvements, the innovative app is now available to the public!

How does it work?

Gobbill offers an effective, automated system that makes bills payments for you within one day of the due-date. To add your bill for payment through the system, simply forward your email bill to your Gobbill email address.

Each bill is easily accessible in your online account, which can be categorised by biller or date depending on your requirements. The highly personalised platform can help you keep track of spending, store a record of your payments in preparation for tax time, eliminate the potential for late fees and remove the difficulty associated with notifying billers if you happen to lose a credit or debit card.

How do I sign up?

Simply visit Gobbill.com and sign up by adding your email address, phone number and card details.

What does it cost?

It’s free to create an account and start using Gobbill! On the free Gobbill plan, you’ll be able to pay 5 bills through the online service a month and link 3 credit or debit cards to your account.

As Gobbill pays bills one day before the due date you’ll avoid late fees and get your pay-on-time discounts, which can be worth hundreds of dollar each year to an average household.

Want to know more?
Check out the easy-to-follow steps in the video below or sign up here.

How to get the most from your billers

April 10th, 2017 Posted by Featured, Financial Management, Internet Safety 0 thoughts on “How to get the most from your billers”

There is nothing more frustrating than finding out that you are paying more than someone else for the same service or receiving a late fee.  Save your households hundreds dollars each year, just by following these 4 simple money-saving tips.

Monitor your bill amounts. Take back financial power and avoid any unwanted surprises by monitoring your bills. Billers can get it wrong, so it’s best to avoid direct debits and have a quick look over your bills before allowing a payment to be made. Gobbill has been analysing bills from a wide range of billers over the last year, finding numerous billing errors for our customers.

Shop around. Allocate just ten minutes every few months to research and see if there are better plans, services and payment options available to you. Ensure you visit non-biased comparison websites such as privatehealth.gov.au and Victorian Energy Compare. Avoid commercial comparison websites that receive commissions from telco companies, energy providers and banks.

Protect your cyber self. According to The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Australians lost over $229 million in 2015 through scams. With email phishing becoming increasingly personalised, the need for security is on the rise. Protect yourself by avoiding links in emails. Fake email bills can often look legitimate, but they will link to unfamiliar payment sites to capture your credit card details.

Pay your bills through an automated payments platform. A busy lifestyle can often mean that we don’t have time to waste on admin and bill payments. Our email accounts are typically cluttered with bills, being easily lost and forgotten due to an overwhelming amount of content. Get yourself organised with a bill payment platform like Gobbill, a convenient alternative to manual bill payment. Gobbill’s automated system offers direct bill payment from a nominated credit or debit card within one day of the due date, giving you the ability to review upcoming bills, reduce time spent on managing payments and earn those pay-on-time discounts. Gobbill also has the ability to decipher bill legitimacy to protect you from potential bill scams, while maintaining your online privacy and personal control over payments. Simply let Gobbill check your bill and pay it on time for you.

Sign up and use Gobbill for free here.

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Avoid Scammers and Protect your Cyber Self

April 9th, 2017 Posted by Featured, Internet Safety, Staysmartonline 0 thoughts on “Avoid Scammers and Protect your Cyber Self”

Fraudsters are getting smarter and Australians are falling for it. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australians lost over $83 million to credit card fraud in 2016.

If you have received a suspicious email, avoid the phishing pitfalls and keep yourself safe from scammers with the tips below.

Google it!
If you have received an unexpected email, type the subject line or the content of the email into Google and examine articles regarding similar scams. If you see discussions about the scam, simply delete it and report the scam with government agency Scamwatch.

Avoid clicking on links in suspicious emails.
Internet users are being targeted with increasingly personalised and genuine-looking scams, so being cautious online is essential. Make a rule of avoiding clicking on links in suspicious emails. These links can infect your computer, gathering confidential information from credit card numbers to passwords. If you are unable to find information regarding similar scams, hover over the links in the email. Do you recognise the web address as being legitimate? If the address is unfamiliar to you or does not use https as a secure website link, the email may be a scam.

Contact the organisation.
Billers should never ask for confidential information via email. If you think the email might be legitimate, contact your provider directly before acting. Your biller’s customer service team should be able to provide assistance or put you in contact with a team member who can provide insight into the issue.

Put safety precautions in place.
There are multiple methods to improve online safety. These range from using a password manager to utilising secure encrypted email. New digital services like Gobbill aim to increase email security and protect users from email bill scams. Simply forward through bills to be verified by Gobbill’s fraud detection system. If it is a legitimate bill, it will be automatically paid one day before the due date.

Sign up and use Gobbill for free here.