Get notified of scams


Internet Safety, Internet Scams / Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

When you look at the figures of the internet scams alone it is quite staggering the numbers being reported. For 2017 the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) is reporting a loss of $81 814 888 in total for all scam types, 152 101 reported cases of which 8.2% resulted in financial loss. I’ve included in the table below the main internet related scams.

Scam typeAmount LostNumber of ReportsReports with financial losses
Phishing$611 32524 7770.8%
Hacking$1 461 5745 3305.0%
Identity Theft$759 13114 7701.5%
Ransomware & malware$203 7814 2344.7%

2017 Data as per ACCC (https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/about-scamwatch/scam-statistics)

So as the data shows, there is still a long way to go but one thing you can do is to register to be notified of known scams. This does a few things:

  1. Gives you constant reminders of the fact that there are bad people out there that will try to scam you in various ways
  2. Allows you to be familiar with the types of scams out there
  3. Informs you of vulnerabilities with your computers and mobile devices which may require installing an update patch

There are various ways of being notified of internet scams, sites such as:

The sites offer various ways of being alerted including email alerts, just look for the “subscribe” button/link on the relevant site. It’s recommended to register to a site which is local to your country as they will be more relevant to you, but it’s also useful to register with other sites as a lot of the scams are generic.

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