25 September 2023

Cyber Centre warns on scam threat

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The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has issued a warning against scammers pretending to be from the ACSC, calling people to seek help acting against cyber criminals.

According to the ACSC, the scammers try to coax individuals into actions that could compromise computers or reveal their banking information.

“These types of scams are also called ‘remote access scams’ or ‘impersonation scams’,” the Centre said.

“The scammers ask you to enter a URL in your web browser and provide your bank account details, and sometimes they try to entice you to transfer money,” it said.

“In one case, scammers asked for $20,000 to be transferred.”

The ACSC said it would never contact individuals by phone to request access to their computer, ask them to install software, transfer money or request financial information.

“If you get an unexpected telephone call from someone claiming to represent the Australian Cyber Security Centre who says your computer has been infected or hacked, hang up immediately,” it said.

“Never give anyone your personal information such as your bank account or credit card details, or passwords.”

The Centre also suggested a visit to its Stay Smart Online website and encouraged visitors to sign up for an alert service about new threats.

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