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ACCC reports online scam losses total nearly $37 million so far in 2017. 45 to 54 y/o most likely to lose money.

October 10th, 2017 Posted by Alerts, Internet Safety, Staysmartonline 0 thoughts on “ACCC reports online scam losses total nearly $37 million so far in 2017. 45 to 54 y/o most likely to lose money.”

This Stay Smart Online Week (9-13 October), the ACCC is warning the community to watch out for common online scams they might encounter. The online sphere – email, the internet, social media and mobile apps – has overtaken telephones as scammers’ preferred tool of the trade to contact potential victims. In 2017, the ACCC’s Scamwatch site has received more than 51,000 reports of scammers trying to con people online. Online scam losses total nearly $37 million so far in 2017, with people aged 45 to 54 most likely to lose money.   Video transcript. “It’s difficult to spot a scammer online these days as they  go to great lengths  to trick the public and steal personal information and money,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said. The top three scams that people are most likely to encounter online are: Phishing – often delivered via email, scammers will pretend to be from …Read More

Shop Around and Spend Less

September 28th, 2017 Posted by Financial Management, Internet Safety, Time Management 0 thoughts on “Shop Around and Spend Less”

If you’re working to a tight budget, you could save hundreds or even thousands by changing your everyday household service providers. With rising electricity prices, now more than ever it’s time to make sure you’re getting the best deal possible. Is that 10% off an an actual saving or are there hidden costs? Does the price include uneccessary extras? Do the research and you could be rewarded. Mr. David Baybrooke spoke to Gobbill about how he avoided high electricity prices simply by shopping around. “I switched electricity providers and saved $178 per quarter,” he stated. “I changed from Origin to AGL. A substantial saving there!” “Shopping around for the best prices is an absolute must I think. On a reduced income, I find price comparison essential!” Advice for Gobbill users? “Online research,” says David. “Always looking for great deals! I’ve been looking at Big Switch and I’ve also been helped …Read More

Australians lost $12.5M to scams last month. Older women are the hardest hit.

September 22nd, 2017 Posted by Alerts, Financial Management, Gobbill News, Staysmartonline 0 thoughts on “Australians lost $12.5M to scams last month. Older women are the hardest hit.”

Gobbill processes 3 times more bills in the last month of each quarter, with installments such as council rates and some electricity bills coming up for payment. This makes this period the ideal time for scammers to target individuals with fraudulent bills. It’s always good to keep a close eye on your email inbox. Statistics show that online scams are a growing issue, with huge losses to scams over August this year. Australians lost $12.5M in scams last month (August 2017), which is almost double compared to the same time last year. Email fraud makes up an estimated 27% of all scams, with an estimated total of $3.4M lost last month. The hardest hit by scams are older women. Apart from being aware and cautious of scams, keep yourself protected with Gobbill to help check and pay email bills. August 2017 – Number of reports by Age and Gender Source: …Read More

New Gobbill features

September 14th, 2017 Posted by Financial Management, Gobbill News, Time Management 0 thoughts on “New Gobbill features”

What’s new? Each month our team adds a range of new features to make Gobbill even better! Take a look at our new features below. [New] Gobbill will automatically store your digital receipts with bills paid by Gobbill*. You can also forward bill receipts to your account to be matched with the original bills. It’s all in one place. To view the receipt, simply navigate to the ‘Paid Bills’ screen and select the view receipt icon. *Where possible with billers send email receipts. Other recent features: Individualise Gobbill to suit your needs, with increased flexibility when viewing your bills via the new list function. Try this out by pressing the ‘select view’ button. Need to pay a bill earlier than the due date? Now you can by scheduling your payment dates. To do this simply click on the calendar icon at the bottom of your bill and select your preferred …Read More

Free holiday? Yes please. Learn how from our experts.

August 22nd, 2017 Posted by Financial Management, Lifestyle, Time Management, Travel 0 thoughts on “Free holiday? Yes please. Learn how from our experts.”

Everyone deserves a free holiday, and with the right rewards credit card you can accumulate enough points to travel for next to nothing. Want to learn how? The first step is to find the right credit card for you. Steve Mickenbecker from Canstar shares his expertise with Gobbill. Know yourself before you fly into a rewards credit card Choosing a credit card is one of the earliest financial decisions many young Australian adults will make. Rewards cards are one of the options that should be considered – but they are not right for everyone. Choosing the right credit card is not just about knowing about the cards on offer. It is also about knowing yourself and your financial behaviours. Do you lose control of your credit card? For some people, no credit card will be right. If you struggle to save because the plastic in your pocket makes spending too …Read More

Free holiday? Yes please. Learn how from our experts.

August 20th, 2017 Posted by Financial Management, Lifestyle, Time Management, Travel 0 thoughts on “Free holiday? Yes please. Learn how from our experts.”

Source: Photo – Singapore Airlines First Class “It’s our pleasure to upgrade you to first class. Have a lovely flight.” These are the words that we’d all like to hear on a 23 hour flight to London, but it rarely happens. Everyone deserves an upgrade once in a while. Maybe even a free holiday… A sure way to feel like royalty while travelling is to earn and spend reward points wisely. Earning reward points is like money on the ground, but most people just don’t have the time (or the insider knowledge) to pick it up. In addition, the reward scheme and how you spend points can determine whether points are valuable. The first step is to find the right credit card to earn points. So we asked several experts for their advice. Our expert this week is Steve Hui. Steve Hui is the CEO of iFlyFlat, a Sydney based …Read More

Have you been caught short by direct debits?

August 18th, 2017 Posted by Financial Management, Internet Safety, Time Management 0 thoughts on “Have you been caught short by direct debits?”

Want to dispute a bill? Low on cash towards the end of the month? Too late, your account has already been debited. While direct debit can save you the hassle of bill payments, being locked into fixed automated payments can also get you into trouble. With direct debit, billers don’t need to contact you or ask for permission before withdrawing funds. This gives a third party control over payments, potentially leaving you with extra fees or bills for products you no longer use. So, if you’re thinking about setting up a direct debit, make sure you understand the pros and cons. Read our article about direct debits. Ms. Ocea Smith spoke to the Gobbill team about her bad experience with direct debit. “I find it frustrating when it comes to direct debit and there’s a public holiday…The trouble I had was with Vodafone, who direct debited from my account on the …Read More

The Dangers of Direct Debit

August 1st, 2017 Posted by Business Management, Financial Management, Time Management 0 thoughts on “The Dangers of Direct Debit”

Direct debit can be a great way to organise your finances, but what are the risks? Make sure that you understand the pros and cons of direct debit before making a commitment to payments that may have hidden strings attached.  Don’t set and forget  Keep yourself informed of the direct debits associated with your bank account. Signing up for a trial can seem like a great way to access a free product, but if a biller only accepts direct debit ensure to cancel your subscription before the trial period has ended. Alternatively, if you are a customer who prefers the convenience of a ‘rolling’ policy (a policy that is automatically extended each year), review these payments regularly to confirm that you still require the services. Customers are often hit with charges for products they no longer use without notification from their provider.  Giving control to a third party can be risky  As direct debit payments allocate billing control to the biller and give your bank account details to a third party, it is vital that your service provider is a trustworthy organisation. Customers are not required to provide approval for payment, even if a bill is out of line with prior spending.    Monitor your bill payments  Using direct …Read More

5 easy ways to save on your household bills

July 27th, 2017 Posted by Business Management, Financial Management, Time Management 0 thoughts on “5 easy ways to save on your household bills”

Bessie Hassan | Money Expert at finder.com.au Bills can make up a big portion of your total monthly expenses, so finding ways to cut them down can save you lots of money in the long run. Monitoring your expenditure and finding ways to spend less can make a huge difference. According to new research from finder.com.au, 42% of Aussies are too lazy to question their provider about an unexpectedly expensive bill, which suggests that we need to get more active when it comes to saving money on our bills. If you’re ready to make a conscious effort, read through our simple tips for saving money on your household bills. Find a better deal The first thing you can do to cut down on costs, especially after receiving a massive bill, is compare the prices of similar products. You may be able to find another provider that can offer you the …Read More

6 New Financial Year Resolutions to Save you Time and Money

July 17th, 2017 Posted by Business Management, Financial Management 0 thoughts on “6 New Financial Year Resolutions to Save you Time and Money”

The new financial year is always a great excuse to implement some money-saving strategies and get the ball rolling for the year ahead. Here are six tips to help you get started: Set Up a Savings Plan Budgeting doesn’t have to be complicated. Simply review your spending: What areas of your spending are unnecessary and what things can’t you live without? Whether your priority is a new car or a daily coffee, encourage good habits with your spending. Make a budget that you understand and is realistic for you to follow. Shift Money to Repay Debt There’s no avoiding some form of debt these days. Set yourself a timeframe and add repayment of debt to your budget. Credit card debt in particular has the potential to incur high interest and fees on top of your debt, which will extend the amount of time required to pay it off. There’s nothing …Read More

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