Stay Smart Online and Prevent Criminals from Stealing Confidential Information

Stay Smart Online has released reports of scam activities, bringing awareness to several phishing scams which have been circulating lately.

This recent type of phishing scam uses email as its mode of attack, with criminals sending out deceptive messages from a seemingly legitimate bank, in a bid to acquire personal information, such as passwords, online banking, credit card details. Messages can be sent via text message, email, instant messages or through social media.

Once the requested information has been obtained, it is then used to legitimately access accounts, or for some other type of identity theft or fraud.

This scam indirectly affects a number of leading Australian banks, including the Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank (NAB) and the Bendigo Bank, with the possibility that other banks have also been affected.

If you have recently received a message from an Australian bank, requesting for you to click a link or enter in personal details, please do not reply or click on the link. Delete it immediately, after forwarding the message to your bank.

Contact your bank immediately, if you have responded to one of these messages or clicked a link.

For more information of how you can stay smart online and protect yourself from phishing, you can find information about the latest scams on the Australian Government Scamwatch website www.scamwatch.gov.au