This is where scammers target businesses by posing as a regular supplier or colleague, and claim their bank details have changed to redirect payments or wages to another account.
- Scammers set up fake websites or falsely advertise products on a genuine retailer website or on social media. Many fraudulent sellers offer luxury items such as popular brands of clothing, jewellery and electronics at very low prices. Sometimes you’ll receive the item you paid for but they will be fake, other times you’ll receive nothing at all.
- Scammers trick you into installing malware on your device, allowing them to access or hack into your computer, mobile device or network. Once they have hacked your device they can access your personal information, change your passwords, track what you’re doing online, and restrict your access to your system. Once they have your information scammers can commit identity crime.
- Scammers troll social media accounts and information that you post or share such as your name, date of birth, location, names of pets, interests and hobbies, etc. can be used in harmful ways. Scammers can learn a lot about you from status updates, polls and quizzes, photos and videos, and use this information to guess your account passwords or target you with other scams.
- Scammers try to ‘phish’ for your personal and financial information by impersonating governments, businesses or even your friends. Phishing scams can occur in the form of text messages, emails, on the internet and via cold-call. Electronic phishing scams can contain malicious links & attachments designed to steal personal and financial information.