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Online Offensive

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Most people can recognise that an email from a Nigerian Prince promising to make them instantly rich is actually the work of a scammer. That one is easy, but unfortunately we do share the world with some very cunning criminals who constantly dream up new ways to trick us out of our money.

In an attempt to combat these criminals, The Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce runs an annual scam education and awareness campaign from 1 to 7 March. This year’s theme is ‘Online Offensive - Fighting Online Fraud’. Through a range of activities and education material, the campaign aims to raise the awareness of online consumer fraud in Australasia.

As increasing amounts of our banking and shopping is done online, it makes sense to have an understanding of the latest online scams. Of particular importance are phishing scams, where fake emails trick people into accessing counterfeit websites. For example, a user might be tricked into accessing a fake version of our website. Believing they are using the legitimate website they log into Internet Banking and effectively hand over their account information to the scammers.

On our website (the real one this time) you will find a fun and interactive game that teaches you how to spot these phishing scams. The game is called PhishQuiz, and if you have got a spare couple of minutes the knowledge you gain could save you a lot of money in the future.

It’s important to keep in mind that we will never send you an email asking for your bank account details. If you receive such an email, or what you believe to be a phishing email then please report the issue to us as soon as you can.