Powered by momentummedia
nestegg logo
Powered by momentummedia
nestegg logo
nestegg logo

Save

COVID-19 not the only virus going around

By Grace Ormsby · April 08 2020
Reading:
egg

Save

COVID-19 not the only virus going around

By Grace Ormsby
April 08 2020
Reading:
egg
cyber scammer

COVID-19 not the only virus going around

author image
By Grace Ormsby · April 08 2020
Reading:
egg
cyber scammer

With a large number of Australians now confined mostly to their homes, a lawyer is warning that predatory cyber scammers are very active right now.

EAGLEGATE Lawyers’ principal Nicole Murdoch has flagged scammers are targeting common vulnerabilities at this time: From job seekers with fake job advertisements to bogus links to official coronavirus information websites, or even accessing superannuation.

The lawyer is warning that cyber criminals “thrive” on disorder and panic.

“They regard the upheavals caused by the coronavirus shutdowns as a magic time for them to strike as people adjust to working from home, or trawl the net looking for entertainment or distractions,” she outlined.

She is warning people not to let down their guard, despite it being “very strange times”.

Advertisement
Advertisement

She has cited a report from the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), which is alerting Australians to the rise in cyber criminals based across the world who are launching COVID-19-themed malicious cyber activity.

A key concern for the agency is cyber criminals who are looking to prey on businesses attempting to transition to a remote workforce, according to the ACSC’s acting head, Karl Hanmore.

Fake job advertisements are asking job seekers to provide licence details for identity theft, or SMS and email messages are being used to “fleece” unsuspecting people.

Mr Hanmore said the ACSC is seeing “a whole bunch of” requests that ask people to “click a link”.

“Their day job is to steal money and they do that with sending SMSs or email messages that will look fairly official and asking you to click a link.”

“Click a link to learn more about the coronavirus, click a link and then download a file so that you can update a form to get free money from the government - also a scam,” he has highlighted.

From Ms Murdoch’s perspective, it’s crucial Australians are suspicious of any SMS or email messages that you receive from people you don’t know.

“It’s all about stealing your banking details to hack into your account and drain your money,” she said.

“Clicking on unknown links, could redirect your phone or computer to a website where nasty predators will download malware, or a computer virus, onto your phone or PC.”

The lawyer said cyber criminals are also targeting superannuation, by offering to “assist” you to access the funds.

“In reality, they are only assisting themselves,” she added.

“Do not simply open or download apps or files that may be unfamiliar to you. If there’s any doubt at all, go to the official website for the organisation and see if you can verify the authenticity of a message,” she urged.

“We are all going through a lot at present and we don’t need the added stress of having to deal with theft,” Ms Murdoch concluded.

The lawyer’s warning comes after a recent warning was sounded by the ACCC as to the rising number of cold calls offering to facilitate the early access to super.
https://www.nestegg.com.au/save-money/scams/super-scammers-get-latest-kick-from-cold-calls

 

COVID-19 not the only virus going around
cyber scammer
nestegg logo

Forward this article to a friend. Follow us on Linkedin. Join us on Facebook. Find us on Twitter for the latest updates
Rate the article
author image

About the author

Grace is a journalist on Momentum Media's nestegg. She enjoys being able to provide easy to digest information and practical tips for Australians with regard to their wealth, as well as having a platform on which to engage leading experts and commentators and leverage their insight.

Join the nestegg community

We Translate Complicated Financial Jargon Into Easy-To-Understand Information For Australians

Your email address will be shared with nestegg and subject to our Privacy Policy

About the author

Grace is a journalist on Momentum Media's nestegg. She enjoys being able to provide easy to digest information and practical tips for Australians with regard to their wealth, as well as having a platform on which to engage leading experts and commentators and leverage their insight.

Join The Nest Egg community

We Translate Complicated Financial Jargon Into Easy-To-Understand Information For Australians

Your email address will be shared with nestegg and subject to our Privacy Policy

Why we’ll keep delivering for our communities in the face of COVID-19

alex

As Australia tries to keep pace with a rapidly changing business and social landscape in the wake of COVID-19, Momentum Media is leading the way delivering essential content to our communities, writes Alex Whitlock, director of Nest Egg.

Read more

From the web

Recommended by Spike Native Network

Website Notifications

Get notifications in real-time for staying up to date with content that matters to you.