We don’t like to think about scams, but they’re something everyone should be aware of. Phone calls, text messages, posts, tweets, websites and even online ads may all be used to scam. And while scams may take many forms, they are all alike in their aim – to steal or cheat you out of money or information.
But don’t worry, a few common sense steps will make you very difficult to scam!
- If you’re suspicious about anything, double check! Find out if the message really is from that organisation by independently checking with an organisation’s website or by calling them on their official advertised phone number.
- Be selective about disclosing your personal information. Never reveal your password or other sensitive information such as your date of birth or tax file number.
- Learn to identify and avoid scams and phishing emails. Look for poor spelling or grammar, or email addresses that don’t look right.
- Use a strong password, a combination of upper and lower cases, numbers and symbols.
- Use secure web browsers, those with https at the start of the URL and a padlock or other indication that it is secure, when sharing sensitive information
- Update your operating system regularly and make sure you have antivirus software installed on your computer and other devices – phones too!
Don’t forget to drop in to your local library, and pick up a brochure on protecting against scams! You can also find some other handy hints here.
We also have a fact sheet on cyber safety for youth, or you can find more information on keeping your kids safe online here.