Cybercriminals have found a new method yet again to scam unsuspecting victims of their money. The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) issued a notice about a new scam where innocent people are victimised through a phone call from someone pretending to be from the ACSC.
The scam aims to coax the victim into providing private information by asking them to go to a certain website and enter bank account details. It’s not uncommon that victims will fall prey to these types of scams, as the scammers could sound very convincing with their tone. In one such case, a victim was asked to transfer money with the scammer asking for up to $20,000 to be transferred.
The ACSC reiterates that they will never contact anybody by phone to request access to their computer nor directly ask for any financial information. If you receive a similar unexpected phone call, always keep in mind to never give personal information such as bank or credit card details and/or passwords, especially if the call is highly suspicious. If a similar incident has happened to you, you may report it to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN), or you can find more information about this here.
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