Online scams targeting older Australians and how to avoid them.
The report revealed older Australians were most frequently targeted by online dating and romance, investment and hacking scams.
ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said reporting a scam could help prevent others from losing money or having their personal information stolen.
“We want to encourage all community groups to report to Scamwatch and not feel embarrassed or ashamed if they have been a victim of a scam,” Ms Rickard said.
“If you have provided your account details to a scammer, contact your bank immediately and if you have any concerns about your safety, contact the police.”Here are some of the online scams targeting older Australians and how to avoid them.
There are many different kinds of hacking scams including phishing, remote access and malware. Once scammers have hacked your computer or mobile device, they can access your personal information, change your passwords and restrict access to your computer.
Remote access – You receive a phone call from a person claiming to be from your internet provider who says your computer is infected by viruses. If you allow them to remotely access your computer, they can steal your personal information and install malware. They may try to convince you to purchase expensive antivirus software.
Malware and ransomware – Malware tricks you into installing software that allows scammers to access your computer files and personal information. Ransomware will demand payment to “unlock” your computer files.
Only buy a computer and anti-virus software from a reputable source. Choose strong passwords and don’t open and attachments or click on links in messages from strangers.
If you think you have provided your account details, passport, tax file number, licence, Medicare or other personal identification details to a scammer, contact your bank immediately.
The information has been prepared for general information purposes. Any advice is general advice and does not take into account any person’s particular investment objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on anything based on this advice you should consider its appropriateness to you, having regard to your objectives, financial situations and needs
The information in this article has been prepared for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal advice or specific advice to any particular person. Any advice contained in the document is general advice, not intended as legal advice or professional advice and does not take into account any person’s particular circumstances. Before acting on anything based on this advice you should consider its appropriateness to you, having regard to your objectives and needs.