Scams through social media
Australians are increasingly using the web for socialising and connecting. Unfortunately scammers like connecting to their victims online too.
National Consumer Fraud Week 2017 (15th – 19th May) is an education and awareness campaign run by the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce.
The campaign theme this year features 'Scams through social media’, and is about helping Australians recognise and avoid being duped by scammers and online fraudsters, particularly via social media platforms. At Westpac, we're working all the time to better safeguard your financial and personal information. To better protect yourself against scams, we suggest the following:
- Protect your identity - Your personal details are private and invaluable; once it is shared online you can’t un-share it. Regularly review the security settings on your social media accounts.
- Make sure you know who you are connecting with – Be careful accepting a friend or connection request from someone you don’t know or trust. That person with the attractive profile picture who recently friended you (and suddenly needs money) is probably a scammer looking for easy cash!
- If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! – Don’t fall for fake social media competitions or giveaways, and don’t like or share these posts – you aren’t increasing your chance to win… you are simply passing the risk onto your friends as well.
- If in doubt, Google - One way you can check if something may be a scam is to Google it; this can help you find out if the offer is legitimate, or if others have experienced a similar incident.
- Be aware when buying online – Check how reputable a seller is by searching for reviews, and always ensure the payment method is secure. Never use a wiretransfer service to send money to anyone you don’t know or trust.
- Don't use emailed or posted links to access your banking - always type westpac.com.au into your browser.
Check out Fraud Week 2017 for more information.
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