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Scammers strike record $851m with Victorians losing the most on Covid scams. Health/medical scams up 20x.

June 7th, 2021 Posted by Alerts, Fraud Prevention, Internet Safety, Staysmartonline 0 thoughts on “Scammers strike record $851m with Victorians losing the most on Covid scams. Health/medical scams up 20x.”

Australians lost over $851 million to scams in 2020, a record amount, as scammers took advantage of the pandemic to con unsuspecting people, according to the ACCC’s latest Targeting Scams report released today.

“Unfortunately scammers continue to become more sophisticated and last year used the COVID-19 pandemic to scam and take advantage of people from all walks of life during this crisis.” stated ACCC Deputy Chair. “Victoria, which was significantly impacted by the second wave of the virus, recorded the highest losses nationwide for the first time and Victorians reported $49 million in losses to Scamwatch, more than double those in 2019.”

Health and medical scams increased more than 20 fold compared to 2019, accounting for over $3.9 million in losses.

Phishing activity also thrived during the pandemic, especially through government impersonation scams. There were over 44,000 reports of phishing scams, representing a 75 per cent increase.  

Gobbill continues to protect small businesses and households from scams and fraud throughout Covid. Join Gobbill today to have the confidence that you have cyber protection from fraudsters.

Source ACCC June 2021 https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/news-alerts/scammers-capitalise-on-pandemic-as-australians-lose-record-851-million-to-scams

Tesla car buyer scammed $75K with another buyer losing $60K.

April 21st, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Tesla car buyer scammed $75K with another buyer losing $60K.”

Andrea Hammond wanted to buy a Tesla 3 electric vehicle for good reasons but hackers intercepted Tesla’s company invoices and changed the bank details. Andrea together with another Tesla customer have collectively lost more than $130,000 after receiving fraudulent Tesla invoices. It is not clear at what point in the chain the emails with payment details were hacked.

Both customers are calling for Tesla to offer more secure payment options and for banks to improve checks on transactions.

Gobbill CEO Shendon Ewans said “Payment redirection fraud has been growing exponentially with more victims like Andrea being hit by scammers.” Mr. Ewans and co-founder Quentin Marsh started Gobbill as secure bill payments for family and friends which has grown to become a scale-up company over 5 years. Gobbill which is an Australian FinTech / Cyber Security company which has invested millions in research and development to protect business owners and individuals from scams and fraud.

Find out more about how Gobbill can protect you from payment fraud. https://gobbill.com

Source and photo from ABC News. Read more about the Tesla scam at ABC News

Aussie businesses stung by fraud with average losses already 5 times higher in 2021 than last year.

March 30th, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Aussie businesses stung by fraud with average losses already 5 times higher in 2021 than last year.”

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Scamwatch program, which Gobbill is a partner of, has reported $14m in payment redirection scams for last year. It’s no surprise to us at Gobbill as we have seen the rise of a broad range of scams and fraud impacting businesses and households since 2015.

What is surprising is the average loss in 2021 so far is 5 times higher than last year. That is astounding.
An example is $16,500 lost in one transaction for a business. Some have reported to be over $100,000.

Using Gobbill to automate invoice entry, fraud checking and secure payments, you can mitigate this risk and help to comply with your cyber insurance policy (if you have one).

Find out more https://gobbill.com

Source: ACCC 20 March 2021

Payment redirection scams cost Australian businesses $14 million
Australian businesses reported over $14 million in losses to Scamwatch due to payment redirection scams last year, and average losses so far in 2021 are more than five times higher compared to average losses in the same period last year.

Total losses are much higher as these scams are reported to a range of different organisations.

In a payment redirection scam, also known as business email compromise scams, scammers impersonate a business or its employees via email and request that money, which usually is owed to the legitimate business, is sent to a fraudulent account.

“Payment redirection scams impact businesses across many industries, including real estate, construction, law, recruitment, and universities,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

“Scammers tend to target new or junior employees, or even volunteers, as they are less likely to be familiar with their employer’s finance processes or the types of requests to expect from their supervisors.”

“We recommend organisations ensure their staff are well trained in the company’s payment processes and remain aware of payment redirection scams,” Ms Rickard said.

Payment redirection scams can take several different forms. In some instances, scammers hack into a legitimate email account and pose as the business, by intercepting legitimate invoices and amending the bank details before releasing emails to the intended recipients.

In one instance, a victim lost $16,500 in a single transaction after a scammer used a staff member’s email address to send an invoice to a customer with ‘updated bank details’, redirecting the payment to the scammer’s personal bank account.

Other times, payment redirection is done by spoofing, when scammers impersonate CEOs or other senior managers using a registered email address that is very similar to that of the genuine email address. The scammer will then request that staff transfer funds to them or make a payment to a third party on behalf of the business.

Scamwatch has also received reports of scammers posing as staff members, where they request the employee’s salary be paid into the scammer’s bank account.

“An increasing number of reports are coming from sports and community clubs which reported more than $55,000 in losses to payment redirection scams last year. It is likely we will see similar figures this year, with $18,000 already reported lost so far in 2021,” Ms Rickard said.

Scammers posed as the president or treasurer and requested staff to action payments for ‘equipment’ or other business needs, but the money went straight into the scammer’s bank account.

Other businesses or individuals have also inadvertently paid a scammer as a result of a payment redirection scam.

“It can be difficult to recover money lost to a payment redirection scam, so prevention is really important,” Ms Rickard said.

“Don’t deviate from your organisation’s payment procedure, even if the request you have received appears to come from your CEO or a senior manager.”

“If you have received a request that creates a sense of urgency, don’t rush. Take the time to consider and check whether an email is real, including by looking carefully at the sender’s email address, before acting on instructions,” Ms Rickard said.

“Whenever there is a request to change payment details, always check with the organisation using stored contact details, rather than those in the requesting communication. ”

If you have been the victim of a scam, contact your bank as soon as possible and contact the platform on which you were scammed to inform them of the circumstances.

To report a cyber crime visit the business reporting page at cyber.gov.au.

Money Series: All you need to know about budgeting.

February 22nd, 2021 Posted by Financial Management 0 thoughts on “Money Series: All you need to know about budgeting.”

A budget is the best tool you have to help you work out where your money is going, to create a plan to help you think about your finances in the longer-term, and to feel more in control of your money. Don’t be nervous! You don’t need any special tools or expertise to set up your own budget. You just need the will to start looking at where you are right now and where you want to be.

PLANNING

Set your money goals

First, work out why you want to do a budget. This can help you to decide where you want your money to go. Ask yourself: What is my goal? It could be to stay on top of bills, free yourself from debt, save for emergencies, pay for your children’s education, or save for a holiday or a house deposit. Set a savings goal and work out how much you can save each payday. The Australian Government website, MoneySmart, offers a free savings goal calculator to help you work out how long it will take you to reach this goal. You can then put aside money for big bills when they arrive, and plan savings to achieve your money goal.

TRACKING

Tracking your spending is a way to take control of your money. If you ‘don’t see it, you don’t know’. Knowing exactly how much is coming in and going out can help you spend less and save more. Having a clear picture of your regular expenses and spending habits will help you set up your budget.

  1. Understand where your money goes. Taking the time to make a note of every dollar you spend can give you a clear view of where your money is going. You may be surprised by how much all those small things add up. You might also discover hidden costs, like account fees, subscriptions you don’t use, or mistaken transactions (If you discover these, consult the MoneySmart website advice on how to resolve this). Just knowing where your money goes may be all you need to start spending less. You may even start saving more.
  1. Track your spending and expenses
  • How to track your spending. Start small by recording your spending every day for at least a week. This way you can see all the money going out. If you have some weeks or months with more expenses, then track over two weeks or two months. This will give you a more accurate picture. Don’t worry about changing your spending habits straight away. Just track day by day. It might be easier to track with your partner, parent or a friend: You can encourage each other and stay on track.
  • Use a phone app. A phone app is an easy way to track your spending at the time you spend.
  • Some apps offer more options, such as setting spending limits and reminders, and seeing your expenses at a glance.
  • Look at your statements and receipts. When you use a debit or credit card, every transaction is recorded for you.
  • You can view or download these transactions using online banking, or look at your hard-copy statements or receipts.
  • Write it down. Write down every dollar you spend. Include the amount, item or store name, and date. You should do this for both cash and card purchases. Do this as you spend, or set a reminder to do it once a day, using your receipts.
  1. See how you’re tracking. At the end of your tracking period, look at your recorded transactions to see where your money is going. You might find that just by being aware of your spending you start to spend less. Take a moment to ask yourself: Do I need this? Would it be cheaper somewhere else? This can help you think twice about buying something.
  • See where you can save. A good first step is to look at any small items that add up over time. Try cutting back on small, frequent expenses, such as takeaway coffee or lunch. This is a great way to start a savings habit. MoneySmart has some great ideas on simple ways to save money. You could also see whether you could redirect this money, maybe to a savings account, an emergency fund, or to your mortgage.
  • Separate needs from wants. Look at all your transactions and highlight what are ‘needs’ — essential items you need to live. This will give you a clear picture of what are ‘wants’. These are the things you could cut back on or live without to save money.
  • Set limits and reminders. Seeing how much you spend on certain things can help you set a realistic limit for the next week or month. This can help you avoid overspending. Knowing when regular expenses are going to pop up means that you can set reminders and put aside money to cover these payments.
  1. Do a budget. Knowing where your money is going day to day is great first step to creating a budget. The next step is to see where it’s going over a month, then a year. Having a budget can help you feel in control of your money, prepare for big expenses, and save.

SETTING UP YOUR BUDGET

Easy steps to manage and categorise how you spend your money. Use how often you get paid as the timeframe for your budget. For example, if you get paid weekly, you can set up a weekly budget. Then follow these steps to set up each section.

  1. Record your income. Record how much money is coming in and when. If you don’t have a regular amount of income, work out an average amount. Make a list of all money coming in, including:
  • how much
  • where from
  • how often (weekly, fortnightly, monthly or yearly)

This money could be from your wages, pension, government benefit or payment, or income from investments.

  1. Add up your expenses. Record your regular expenses, including:
  • what for
  • how much
  • when

Regular expenses are your ‘needs’ — the essential items you need to pay for to live. These include:

Fixed expenses, for example:rent or mortgage paymentselectricity, gas and phone billscouncil rateshousehold expenses, like food and groceriesmedical costs and insurancetransport costs, like car registration and public transportfamily costs, like baby products, child care, school fees and sporting activities 
Debt expenses, for example:personal loan repaymentscredit card paymentsmortgage repayments 
Unexpected expenses, for example:car repairs and servicesmedical billsextra school costspet costs 

To make sure you’ve recorded all your expenses, look at your bills or bank statements. If you tracked your spending using the MoneySmart tool, use your list of transactions.

  1. Check if you can save. Having some savings can help create a safety net for unexpected expenses. Set a savings goal and work out how much you can save each payday. You can use the MoneySmart savings goal calculator to work out how long it will take you to reach your savings goal.
  1. Set your spending limit. The money you have left after expenses and savings is your spending money. This money is for ‘wants’, such as entertainment, eating out and hobbies. Make a plan for what you want to do with your spending money. This will help you to keep within your limit. Be sure to keep track of your spending so you always know how much you’ve got left.
  1. Bank Accounts. You can set up three bank accounts: A high interest savings account for savings, and two transaction accounts, one each for spending and bills. It’s good to schedule automatic transfers for as soon as you receive your wages to your savings, and explore using a tool such as Gobbill to automate your finances.
  1. Bill smoothing. To help you manage future bills, you can talk to your suppliers to arrange for ‘bill smoothing’. This is where you spread the cost of your bill over regular weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments. For example, you might pay a set amount of $100 a fortnight towards your electricity bill. This will help you budget and provide some helpful additional structure to help manage your larger bills.
  1. Tools and emergencies. You can use the MoneySmart budget planner to create your own budget with custom items. You can set up your budget and save it online or download and use the Excel budget spread sheet. Use any surplus you have each week to add to your emergency fund. This can give you a buffer to cover for any unexpected expenses.
  1. Review your budget regularly. It’s important to adjust your budget as things change. For example, if you find you can’t cover all your expenses, savings and spending, you may have to reduce your spending limit, or change your savings goal. As always, it is important to seek independent advice regarding your specific situation. This content should be regarded as general information.

For more ideas to help reduce spending, take a look at MoneySmarts advice on simple ways to save money.

Up to date as of 31 Jan 2021.

Money Series: How to best manage credit.

February 22nd, 2021 Posted by Financial Management 0 thoughts on “Money Series: How to best manage credit.”

Credit is a contractual agreement in which a borrower (such as yourself) receives something of value now (stuff) and agrees to repay the lender at a later date with interest.

What is a credit card? 

Credit cards are a piece of plastic, like a debit card, issued by banks that give the cardholder access to a line of credit for purchases. They are also now issued online to borrowers without any physical form. The amount of credit you have access to is called your credit limit, and you may be charged interest on any outstanding purchases made.

Credit cards can be a helpful financial tool that allows you to make purchases when you don’t immediately have the funds. But they can also be risky if used incorrectly, and could lead to a ‘credit card debt trap’. ASIC’s review of credit cards reveals more than one in six consumers struggling with credit card debt. For this reason we recommend an abundance of caution when thinking of applying for a credit card. 

Can I get a credit card? Not everyone will be approved for every credit card. It is easier to be approved for a credit card than some other forms of finance, like a home loan, as you don’t need to offer up a deposit to be approved. But you will need to meet credit card eligibility criteria.

Do I need a credit card? Whether you need a credit card or not is determined by how you plan on using the card and your personal financial situation. There are a variety of credit card types with different benefits, such as travel cards with complimentary insurances, which can make life easier for the cardholder.

However, ASIC investigations reveal some consumers are being provided with credit cards that don’t meet their needs. For instance, many consumers carry balances over time on high interest rate products, when lower-rate products would save them money. If you cannot afford to pay your balance off in full each statement period you may begin to accrue interest on your card. This means that if you are not in a financially stable place, or are prone to paying your bills late, a credit card may not suit you.

Shop around for the best deal. Always do your research before you sign up for a financial product like a credit card or loan. Make sure the product is right for you and that you’re getting the best deal. For example, choosing a credit card with a lower interest rate and fewer fees can save you a lot.

Thinking about how you will use your credit card will help you compare the options and get the best card for you.

Choosing a credit card. To choose the best credit card for you, consider your spending habits and how you will pay it off.

Work out how much you can pay off each month. Knowing this will help you choose the best-value credit card.

If you’re struggling to pay your bills, a new credit card may not be the best move. The Australian Government website, MoneySmart, has some great advice on managing debt that may provide other options for you.

If you can pay the full balance each month. Consider a credit card with more interest-free days. This means you won’t pay interest as long as you pay the balance within a set number of days (for example, 55 days). These cards may have a higher interest rate and an annual fee, but that could be worth it.

If you can’t pay the full balance each month. Look for a no-frills card with a low or no-interest rate and a low annual or flat monthly fee. You can use the MoneySmart credit card calculator to work out how much you would need to pay each month.

Set a credit limit you can afford. When you apply for a credit card, your bank or credit provider will offer you a credit limit. This is the maximum amount they’ll lend you, and it is based on your ability to pay it back within three years. If you’re worried about overspending, you don’t have to take the full amount offered. Think about your spending habits and how much you can comfortably afford to pay back.

Weigh up the pros and cons of card options.

  • Store cards. Store cards can be an expensive way to shop. You can only use them in that store, and they may have higher interest rates. Check if the benefits are worth the higher rate. If a store offers an interest-free deal, check when the deal ends. Also check the interest rate on new purchases (called the ‘purchase rate’), as it may be higher than for other credit cards.
  • Rewards programs. Credit card reward programs sound good — you get something back simply by spending on your card. For example, you could earn points you can use to buy movie tickets or flights. But cards with rewards programs often have higher interest rates and extra fees. They could cost you more than you get back. Check if the benefits you get are worth the higher cost.
  • Extras like travel insurance. Some credit cards come with ‘complimentary’ extras like travel insurance for overseas trips. Be aware that extras are usually not free. The cost may be covered by higher interest or fees. Other cards offer ‘cash back’ (credit on your account) or discounts on goods or services. Weigh up if what you will get back is worth you paying more in interest or fees. Consider the pros and cons of transferring your credit card balance to make sure it’s the right move for you.

Compare credit cards

Compare credit cards from different companies to find the one that suits your needs. Comparison websites can be useful, but they are businesses and may make money through promoted links. They may not cover all your options. MoneySmart offer some helpful advice on what to keep in mind when using comparison websites.

Compare credit card rates and fees

Honeymoon (or introductory) interest ratethe interest rate offered for a limited period of time at the start of a new credit card
Purchase (interest) ratethe interest rate on things you buy (purchases) after the honeymoon period ends
Interest-free daysthe number of days you won’t get charged interest on purchases
Annual or monthly feefee you will pay every year or every month
Rewards program feefee for using the rewards program
Other feeslate repayment feescash advance fees (for cash taken out)fees if you go over your credit limitfees for using your credit card to shop or travel overseas

PAYDAY LOANS

A payday loan is not the cheapest credit option. We don’t advise using them if you can avoid it.

A payday loan, also called a small amount loan, lets you borrow up to $2,000. You have between 16 days and one year to pay it back. While it might look like a quick fix, a payday loan may have a lot of fees. For example, to pay back a $2,000 payday loan over one year, your total repayments will be about $3,360. That’s $1,360 more than you borrowed. There are plenty of cheaper ways to borrow money when you need it. Before you get a payday loan to pay off another loan, we advise you first talk to a financial counsellor – It’s free and confidential.

Cheaper ways to get money fast. If you need money fast, these options are cheaper than a payday loan:

No interest loan

  • Borrow up to $1,500 for essential items like car repairs or a fridge.
  • You must have a Health Care Card or a Pensioner Concession Card or an after-tax income below $45,000.
  • You only repay what you borrow. There is no interest, fees or charges.

Take a look at MoneySmart no interest loans for how to get one.

Low interest loan

  • Borrow from $800 to $3,000 for bigger essentials like a second-hand car or computer.
  • You must have a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card or receive Family Tax Benefit A.
  • There’s a low interest rate of 5.99%. There are no fees or charges.

Take a look at MoneySmart StepUP low interest loans for how to get one.

Centrelink advance payment

  • You can get an advance payment of your Centrelink benefit.
  • Most people who receive a Centrelink payment can apply.
  • There is no interest and no fees or charges.

You can apply for an advance payment through the Service Australia’s website.

Help paying your bills and fines

If you’re struggling to pay your bills, we recommend you don’t get a payday loan. Instead talk to your service provider straight away. They can help you work out a plan to pay bills or fines in instalments. The government and some community organisations offer rebates and vouchers that can help you pay utility or phone bills. Take a look at MoneySmart problems paying your bills and fines to find out more. If you’re struggling to make ends meet, take a look at MoneySmart urgent money help. There are free services that can help you.

The cost of payday loans

Lenders can’t charge interest on payday loans, but they can charge a lot in fees. You will have to pay back a lot more than you borrowed. Most payday lenders charge an establishment fee of 20% of the amount borrowed and a monthly service fee of 4% of the amount borrowed. For a $2,000 loan, that’s a $400 establishment fee and $80 per month for the service fee. ASIC has issued an order to stop lenders like Cigno from charging two lots of fees. Under the model used, Cigno customers were signed up to a payday loan and its associate charged extra fees under a separate contract. Before you sign up for a payday loan, we advise you should first check how much it will really cost you using the MoneySmart payday loan calculator.

Fees on payday loans

Under the law, there’s a cap on most payday loan fees. If you’re charged more than the maximum fee, you can get free legal advice on how to get your money back. Payday lenders can only charge you these fees:

Establishment feemaximum fee is 20% of the amount borrowed
Monthly service feemaximum fee per month is 4% of the amount borrowed
Government feecovers any government duties — most lenders don’t charge this
Dishonour or missed payment feecharged if you don’t have enough money in your bank account to make a scheduled repayment
Default feescharged if you don’t make a repayment by the due date — the maximum you can be charged for default fees is double the amount you borrowed
Enforcement expensecharged if you default — to cover the cost of recovering the money you owe

Paying back your payday loan

If you can’t keep up with repayments, visit the National Debt Helpline website for help on how to repay your payday loans. By law, payday lenders must lend responsibly. This means they can’t give you a loan if they think you won’t be able to repay it or it could cause you substantial hardship. If you think the lender didn’t lend responsibly, you can get free legal advice.

BUY-NOW-PAY-LATER (BNPL)

Buy now pay later means you pay by instalments over time, instead of paying the full amount upfront. When you use a buy now pay later service, you can buy a product and then delay payment. You usually pay off your purchase over a few weeks. For bigger purchases, it may be longer. You don’t pay interest on the purchase. Instead you may be charged fees, and they can add up quickly.

Many shops offer different buy now pay later options. Here are some of the buy now pay later providers:

  • Afterpay
  • Zip Pay
  • BrightePay
  • PayRight
  • Openpay
  • Humm (previously known as Certegy Ezi-Pay and Oxipay)
  • Make It Mine

Some buy now pay later arrangements are also offered through credit card networks such as Mastercard and Visa.

What to look out for before you sign up

While buy now pay later can be convenient, it can be difficult to juggle repayments with other financial commitments. In 2020, ASIC research into the buy now pay later industry found that in order to meet repayments on time, one in five consumers:

  • missed or were late paying other bills or loans
  • cut back on or went without essentials such as meals

Before you sign up, keep in mind:

  • It’s easier to over spend – you can over-commit to spending you can’t afford
  • Costs can add up – you are charged fees and costs to use the service
  • It can be hard to manage – if you sign up for more than one service, it can be hard to keep track of payments
  • It might affect a loan application – lenders consider buy now pay later spending when you apply for a car loan or mortgage
  • Late repayments can appear on your credit report – this affects your ability to borrow money in the future
  • Lay-by can be cheaper – lay-by has no account keeping or late fees

Compare the fees and charges

Buy now pay later services are often advertised as ‘interest free’ or ‘0% interest’. But they can charge fees that can add up quickly. They may charge:

  • late fees — if you miss a payment or pay late, up to $15
  • monthly account-keeping fees — a fixed monthly fee, up to $8 a month
  • payment processing fees — an extra fee of around $2.95 each time you make a payment, on top of your set repayment
  • establishment fees — a fee to set up the account. For some there are no establishment fees, but for others these fees can be up to $90.

You may also have to pay bank fees:

  • overdrawn fees — if you don’t have enough money in your account to cover the repayment
  • interest — if you are paying by credit card

Tips for managing buy now pay later

To make the most of buy now pay later services:

  • Stick to a limit and aim to have only one buy now pay later account at a time.
  • Budget for bills, loan payments and buy now pay later payments.
  • Consider linking your buy now pay later account to your debit card instead of your credit card. That way you’re using your own money and avoid credit card interest.

If you sign up for a buy now pay later option, add the repayments to your budget — and your calendar. You can use the MoneySmart budget planner to help with this.

What to do if you get into trouble

Most buy now pay later providers have dedicated complaints and hardship services. Contact your provider if you have a complaint or if you’re having trouble making repayments. As always, it is important to seek independent advice regarding your specific situation. This content should be regarded as general information.  If you’re struggling to make repayments, you can also talk to a financial counsellor. They offer a free and confidential service to help you get your finances back on track.

Credit can be a tricky business so be careful, reach out for help of you need it.

Up to date as of 31 Jan 2021.

Money Series: How to start saving.

February 22nd, 2021 Posted by Financial Management 0 thoughts on “Money Series: How to start saving.”

The sooner you start, the more you can save. The key is to make a savings plan that motivates you.

Set a savings goal: Whether you’re saving for new facilities, a holiday, home renovations, or you just want a little extra in the bank for a rainy day, setting your savings goal will help you get there. The Australian government website, MoneySmart, offers a free savings goal calculator to help you work out how much money you need, and how long it will take to reach your savings goal.

Have a savings plan: The secret to saving is start early and save often. Create a savings plan so you can manage your money and stick to your goal.

Know where your money is going: Have a clear picture of your regular expenses and spending habits. This helps you see where you can cut back and save. For example, cancel an unused gym membership or bring your lunch to work. It may surprise you how little things add up. MoneySmart also provides some useful ways to track your spending for practical ways to get started.

Start a budget: Once you know how you’re spending your money, you can set a realistic budget. Your budget will help you to stay on track, review your progress and reach your money goals sooner. MoneySmart provides some useful advice on how to do a budget to get started.

Pay off some debt: If you have some money left over after your regular expenses, use it to make extra repayments towards any credit card debt or loans you have. Paying off your debts sooner can save you thousands in interest. Pay off the one with the highest interest rate first. You can use the MoneySmart credit card calculator to see how much you can save by making extra repayments.

FIRST: GET RID OF WASTE

Look for ways to reduce your spending: Look at your expenses to see where you can make quick savings. Every little bit will help.

Find quick wins: Look through your bank or credit card statements for the last two months. Identify anything that isn’t essential, or you can defer for a while. This could be things like subscriptions or memberships.

Reduce your grocery and utility bills: Food and utilities are essentials. To reduce your grocery bills:

  • Plan meals in advance and only shop for the ingredients in those meals
  • Buy home or own brands where you can
  • Buy fruit and vegetables that are in season or on sale
  • Cook meals like soups and pasta sauces that have lots of left overs you can freeze for later
  • Meat can be expensive, so plan some meals that don’t include meat. It would be a healthier and environmentally friendlier option
  • Compare energy suppliers to make sure you’re getting the best deal. See Compare and Switch below.

Shop around: If you’re renewing any of your key services, like phone plans, utilities or insurance, shop around and get quotes from more than one supplier. Always check the details in any policies for exclusion, to see what you’re not covered for. You may be able to save on your premium by increasing your excess or advising them of changed circumstances. You can also find out how to get the best price and protection when choosing car insurance or home insurance.

COMPARE AND SWITCH

Always shop around for the best deal

It has never been more important to do your research before you sign up for any service like a mobile phone plan, utilities, or financial product like a credit card or loan.

Comparison websites can be useful, but they are businesses and may make money through promoted links. They also may not cover all your options. MoneySmart offer some excellent free advice on what to keep in mind when using comparison websites.

Make sure the product is right for you and that you’re getting the best deal. For example, choosing a credit card with a lower interest rate and fewer fees can save you a lot.

Similarly, when it’s time to renew your insurance, compare premiums with other providers online. Your current insurer may offer to beat competitors’ offers if you stay. You can also find the best deal on your electricity and gas on the Australian Government’s Energy Made Easy website or Victorian Energy Compare, if you’re in Victoria.

WAYS TO SAVE

Set up a separate savings account: An online savings account is a great way to manage your money. Unlike a transaction account, you can’t spend money directly from a savings account, so it’s harder to dip into your savings. Look for an account with the highest interest rate and no fees, to grow your savings faster.

Automate your savings: Transfer part of your pay into your savings account. You can ask your employer to do this for you or you can set up a regular transfer via your Internet Banking. This way, you’re saving without even having to think about it.

Round-up transactions: Some savings accounts let you round-up your daily transactions to the nearest $1 or $5. The change then goes directly into your savings account. For example, James buys a coffee before work each morning:

  • The coffee costs $4.20.
  • His account is debited $5.
  • 80 cents goes straight into his online savings account.

After a year, James will save more than $200.

Change a spending habit and save: Change one regular spending habit and save. Small spending changes add up to big savings in the long run.

  • Switching from a large to a small latte can save $1.50 a day. This saves more than $500 a year on buying coffee.
  • Cut down on alcohol – it will save you money and can have health benefits.
  • Make your lunch at home. Saving even $5 a day on buying lunch adds up to $1,200 over a year.
  • Cut back on eating out or ordering in. Australians spend 34% of their food budget eating out on average – or $1,600 a year.

As always, it is important to seek independent advice regarding your specific situation. This content should be regarded as general information.

The sooner you start, the more you can save. The key is to make a savings plan that motivates you.

Up to date as of 31 Jan 2021.

Gobbill named as top 5 payments player disrupting the industry.

February 9th, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Gobbill named as top 5 payments player disrupting the industry.”

The pandemic has significantly changed our lives in different ways. Many small businesses and households have endured severe hardships and there is possibly more to come.

Melbourne’s Stage 4 lockdown was particularly difficult for the Gobbill team however, the business has ended the year of Covid in a strong position.

Our performance in the last six months has now exceeded pre-Covid payment processing levels and seen a systematic increase in our monthly recurring revenue by 2,300% in the last 12 months.

Since our inception in 2015, we have now connected and verified over 1,000 Australian billers and data sources.

We also acknowledge our partnership with Chinese payment provider AirPay FinTech (awarded ‘best partnership’ finalist in the Australia FinTech awards) and digital currency payments with Cointree.

The team at Gobbill is humbled to be named in the top 5 payment players disrupting the industry in Australia by IBS Intelligence along with Novatti.

Tradies frustrated by banks as business email scam costs them $51,000

November 25th, 2020 Posted by Alerts, Internet Safety, Staysmartonline, Take Five to Stop Fraud 0 thoughts on “Tradies frustrated by banks as business email scam costs them $51,000”

Gobbill would have STOPPED this invoice fraud and saved Jane $51,000.

Fake invoices caused $8.7m hit and collapse of Sydney hedge fund.

November 23rd, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Fake invoices caused $8.7m hit and collapse of Sydney hedge fund.”

A Sydney hedge fund has collapsed after a cyber attack triggered by a fake Zoom invitation saw its trustee and administrator mistakenly approve $8.7 million in fraudulent invoices.

NSW police are investigating the matter as digital crime experts report a spike in attacks on hedge funds and private equity firms this year, as informal checks were weakened due to staff working at home as a result of the pandemic.

The Australian Financial Review has been told of another fund which lost $25 million in client money from a similar cyber attack, while the trustee for another firm blocked a $1.8 million transfer after the fake invoice was spotted.

Read more at The Australian Financial Review

Gobbill flying at 2,025% growth rate under Covid, is debt free and on track to be profitable. Pitches at EIE20 UK for 2021 plan.

October 15th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Gobbill flying at 2,025% growth rate under Covid, is debt free and on track to be profitable. Pitches at EIE20 UK for 2021 plan.”

Source: The Herald Scotland 15 Oct 2020, Victoria Masterson

Picture: Michael Pollitt (left – UK Business Development Manager ) and Shendon Ewans (right – Chief Executive ) at Royal Bank of Scotland head office Gogarburn. Photo by Stewart Attwood

AN AUSTRALIAN fintech company hopes to raise £2 million to fund a UK roll-out after pitching to more than 200 investors in Scotland.

Melbourne-based Gobbill was one of 50 companies pitching yesterday for amounts of between £250,000 and £5 million at the virtual technology investor showcase, Engage Invest Exploit 2020.

Almost 1,000 attendees were registered for the event, around a quarter of them investors from Scotland, the rest of the UK, Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.

Mr Ewans said Gobbill had increased its monthly recurring revenue in Australia by more than 2,000% in the nine months since January 2020 and was looking to launch in the UK because it had the world’s second highest incidence of fraud and scams after America.

“Payment fraud and scams have grown seven fold in the UK over the last three years,” he said. “But since COVID hit, in the month of March alone it grew something like 400%.”

In March this year, Gobbill was accepted into the NatWest and Royal Bank FinTech Accelerator, which operates from locations across the UK. The company chose to be based out of the network’s Accelerator Hub in St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, but has yet to move in because of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Read more The Herald Scotland