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Is Your Bank Trying to Scam You?

Every day it becomes easier for hackers and scammers to pose as your bank in an attempt to harvest your personal details and login credentials, and whilst your bank isn’t trying to scam you, people posing as your bank may be. ANZ recently shared details of an online email phishing scam that will attempt to steal your login details by asking you to provide “challenge questions,” and direc... Read more
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6 Holiday Scams Putting Travellers at Risk

We shouldn’t have to say the old adage, “if it’s too good to be true…” but sometimes we all get stars in our eyes and fall victim to a scam. The best way to avoid scams is to be aware of what is out there. Here are 6 Holiday Scams Putting Travellers at Risk ACCOMMODATION BOOKING SCAM Pretty photographs of holiday rentals vs the sometimes ugly and dismal truth about holiday ren... Read more
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The One Sentence to Get Telemarketers Off the Phone

Having a phone automatically means receiving calls from telemarketers. Registering on the Do Not Call list helps a little but what about the ones who call anyway? Is there a way to get them off the phone and stopping them from contacting you in the future? The answer is yes. Ask them this question: “CAN YOU MAIL ME OUT YOUR PRIVACY AND OPT-OUT POLICIES, PLEASE?” The very simp... Read more
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My Identity Has Been Stolen, Now What?

If you think someone has stolen your identity and is committing crimes in your name, here is what you should do. IMMEDIATELY report it to the police and ask for a copy of the police reports as your bank and other financial institutions will want to see it. Contact your bank and financial institutions and tell them what has happened. If any accounts have been opened within your stolen ... Read more
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5 Ways to Safeguard Your Bank Accounts

Identity theft costs Australia upwards of $1.6 billion each year and $900 million is lost to individuals through credit card fraud, identity theft and scams. Crafty criminals have become more than adept in navigating the ever changing landscape of online banking, investing, credit cards, and the such. You can shield yourself and your hard earned money from potential thieves. You just have to... Read more
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Is Oversharing Putting You at Risk

We all want to “keep up with Joneses” because what your neighbour or friend down the street has, you might want too. And in the day and age where everyone wants to “one up” another be it in social status, holiday amazingness, or how your grandchild is better than another, it could also leave you exposed to hackers, frauds, and criminals. We’ve all seen this post:   While this soci... Read more
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Protect Yourself Against this US Visa Scam

Maybe you’ve taken all the offers the FiftyUp Club has sent your way and you have now saved money for that dream holiday abroad. But if you’ve set your sights on the glamour of Hollywood or the hustle and bustle of New York City, be aware of this one scam that could charge you SEVEN TIMES more than it should! If you are travelling to the US, you are required to get an Electronic Syste... Read more
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Protect Yourself Against Claim Harvesting Scams

If you have been in a road accident, you might have suddenly started receiving emails, brochures, calls etc from solicitors claiming you have a case for a compensation. Road accident victims often fall into “claims harvesting”. “Claims harvesters” are scammers who sell private information to solicitors who encourage them to lodge exaggerated and false injury compensation claims. In Wester... Read more
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Protecting Yourself Against Email Scams

We all have received a scam email. You know the obvious one, the email that claims you were named as a beneficiary in a will from a Nigerian prince. The prince wasn’t real of course, but the person receiving the money from those he scammed was real. He was a 67-year old man living in New Orleans, Louisiana (US) and he is now facing 269 counts of wire fraud and one account of money laundering... Read more
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Protect Yourself Against Phone Scams

We have all received a phone call from an unknown number and while a lot of us ignore them, those that answer are often greeted by a would-be scammer on the other end. Some scammers show up as missed calls from overseas but some scammers are from people claiming to be from Centrelink or the ATO. Many assume because Centrelink and the ATO are legit, the person on the other end is too. ... Read more
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