Protect Yourself or Your Business
Stay protected against fraud and scams
Get familiar with our general hints and tips with Be Safe & Secure
Read our Safe & Secure (PDF 2MB) guide loaded with hints and tips so you can better safeguard yourself and your business from potential threats.
Stay up to date
Visit our latest scams page, check out the Australian Government and other partner websites and keep up to date with the latest information on scams and what you can do to protect yourself.
Don’t get played. Know what to look for to make it game over for scammers
- Scammers don’t discriminate
- Protect Yourself
- Online shopping scams
General tips and tricks
- Never write down your PIN - make sure the number does not match numbers found in your wallet like your date of birth or last four digits of your phone number.
- Bring a back up card when travelling – and notify us promptly if the card has been lost or stolen.
- Destroy expired or unwanted cards – by cutting through the signature panel and magnetic strip.
- Know where your card is at all times – and never leave your card unattended in open or public locations.
- Ensure all your systems and software are up to date with the latest security patches and always use multi-factor authentication for any remote access to your system.
- Keep data safe Keep data safe by implementing a regular backup procedure to an external location.
- Educate your staff about scams targeting businesses.
- Always verbally confirm any payment requests or account changes that are delivered via email. Regardless of if the sender claims to be from a supplier or appears to be someone in your company, call them on a trusted number to verbally confirm first.
- Beware of impersonators - criminals often like to pose as well-known organisations to entice you into fulfilling their requests. Common impersonations include ASIC, the ATO, energy companies or utility companies.
Stay one step ahead of scams
Use caution when receiving phone calls or emails claiming to be from a reputable organisation and consider what they are asking for.
- Does this sound right? Would someone really ask me to do this?
- Westpac will never ask you to download software and sign-in to your banking. If a caller is pressuring you to gain access to your accounts simply hang up and call us at 132 032 for assistance.
Know what to look out for
Learn how you can spot different types of scams and what you can do to avoid becoming a target.
6 actions you can take today to protect yourself
Stay in the know
Keep up to date with the latest online and cyber security information through these Government or Not for Profit websites:
- e-Safety Commissioner Helping Australiaians to have a more positive experience online, including tips for parents and carers, to help children and seniors, as well as e-Safety training and other resources.
- Think U Know: What young people see, say and do online