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Not happy. ATM ate his credit card. So furious finance lecturer charged bank $1000

May 31st, 2017 Posted by Alerts, Case Studies 0 thoughts on “Not happy. ATM ate his credit card. So furious finance lecturer charged bank $1000”

Source: Tom Cowie, The Age.  Photo: Jason South

A former university finance lecturer who pursued Westpac for $1000 in compensation after the bank’s ATM ate his credit card.

Dr Andrew Leung, a former finance lecturer and actuary, argues that banks do nothing for their ATM service.

“Essentially the machine shut down, it froze, went blank and then switched off. It started back up after five minutes like nothing had happened. I didn’t get the cash, I didn’t get the card.”

The Bendigo Bank customer had to rearrange his direct debits when insurance companies began sending letters telling him that his payments were overdue and his polices were in danger of being suspended. Read more at The Age.

You never know when an ATM will gobble your card.

High Alert for ransomware issued by Australian Government cyber security agency.

May 14th, 2017 Posted by Alerts, Internet Safety, Staysmartonline 0 thoughts on “High Alert for ransomware issued by Australian Government cyber security agency.”

Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) has today issued a high priority alert to beware of the same ransomware disrupting organisations globally, including the UK’s National Health Service.

What can you do? Keep safe by applying software updates and backing up your data regularly. Use Gobbill to check and pay your email bills. You don’t need to know if it’s a fake bill and you don’t need to click on any links. Simply forward the email to your own @gobbill.com email address and it’s taken care for you. Read more gobbill.com.au

Last week, hackers used tools believed to have been developed by the US National Security Agency which has infected tens of thousands of computers in nearly 100 countries, disrupting Britain’s health system and global shipper FedEx. Australian Cyber Security Centre is tracking the attack campaign which goes by various names including WannaCry. It leverages known vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows patched since March 2017 making this disruption and impact preventable.

ACORN reports that they are continuing to monitor the situation closely.

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What is Ransomware?

Ransomware is malicious software that makes data or systems unusable until the victim makes a payment. In this case, cyber extortionists tricked victims into opening malicious malware attachments to spam emails that appeared to contain invoices, job offers, security warnings and other legitimate files reports The Sydney Morning Herald. 

About ACORN.

ACORN provides information on how to recognise and avoid common forms of cybercrime, such as hacking, online scams, online fraud, identity theft, attacks on computer systems and illegal or prohibited content, as well as offering advice to those who have fallen victim.

Origin Energy email scam targets tens of thousands of Aussies with fake bill

May 12th, 2017 Posted by Alerts, Internet Safety, Staysmartonline 0 thoughts on “Origin Energy email scam targets tens of thousands of Aussies with fake bill”

A hoax Origin Energy bill loaded with dangerous spyware has targeted tens of thousands of Australians. The well-crafted email branded with the energy provider’s official logo claimed to be an electricity bill for varying amounts, with one sighted by Fairfax Media as high as $911. Source: The Age. Read more

Example:

Beware of Google Docs phishing scam

May 4th, 2017 Posted by Alerts, Staysmartonline 0 thoughts on “Beware of Google Docs phishing scam”

Users are warned to be aware of a reported phishing scam involving a fake invitation to share a Google Docs document.

The scam sees a user receive a legitimate-looking email that may appear to be from a trusted contact inviting them to share a document on Google Docs.

Users who click on the link are directed to screens that request permission for a malicious service to access their email account, contacts and other sensitive information. If a user grants permission, the malicious service can impersonate the user when sending messages on to other Google email users.

Users may also face the risk of having information and messages from their email accounts compromised.

The scam reportedly targets Google personal and corporate email accounts.

Click here for more information.

Source: Beware of Google Docs phishing scam | Stay Smart Online

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

Researchers warn of fake ATO emails carrying ransomware | Stay Smart Online

February 23rd, 2017 Posted by Alerts, Staysmartonline 0 thoughts on “Researchers warn of fake ATO emails carrying ransomware | Stay Smart Online”

Researchers are warning of a widely distributed email that claims to be from the Australian Taxation Office but actually aims to infect computers with malicious software.The researchers say the malicious email tries to trick recipients by claiming their Business Activity Statements (BAS) are available to view, and includes a link that claims to enable recipients to download their BAS. The ATO advises that BAS statements are not provided by email.

Source: Researchers warn of fake ATO emails carrying ransomware | Stay Smart Online

Beware of fake Qantas and Citibank emails | Stay Smart Online

February 13th, 2017 Posted by Alerts, Staysmartonline 0 thoughts on “Beware of fake Qantas and Citibank emails | Stay Smart Online”

You are advised to remain cautious in 2017 about fake emails that claim to be from reputable businesses. These emails are used to deliver viruses, ransomware and other malware. Researchers recently warned people to be aware of fake emails claiming to be from Citibank and Qantas that aim to capture information such as passwords, contact information and bank account details.

Source: Beware of fake Qantas and Citibank emails | Stay Smart Online

Fake driving infringement notices in circulation | Stay Smart Online

December 2nd, 2016 Posted by Alerts, Staysmartonline 0 thoughts on “Fake driving infringement notices in circulation | Stay Smart Online”

Scammers are circulating emails that claim the recipient is being fined for a driving infringement and directing them to a link that claims to take users to the relevant documentation.The message incorporates a fake infringement cause, number, date, fine amount and date by which the fine needs to be paid. The email states that it is an automated message and asks the user not to reply.You are advised not to click on the link in the email as doing so may infect your computer with malicious software such as spyware or ransomware. You should also delete the email itself.

Source: Fake driving infringement notices in circulation | Stay Smart Online