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How can you protect yourself from scammers in 2017

We share more information about ourselves than we realise. With socials, database marketing and the Internet as a whole, the ability for someone to steal your identity is a real possibility. Find out how to protect yourself.

Be aware of what you share on your socials

Only share information with people you know and trust and NEVER take photos of your card, account details and post them to Facebook. Sounds silly, but people have done it (we know). It is vital not to share your passwords for your bank account or any personal information with ANYONE, EVER; but especially digitally. Guessing your passwords to Facebook and instagram really isn't that hard when you think about your current passwords, your kids names, your pets and birthdays.

Remember too, that Facebook also uses your personal information in your profile for marketing purposes. This is how they deliver advertisements for products and services you may be interested in. It isn't inherently evil, but you have a choice with what information you share through socials. Your marital status, pages you've liked and even things you've written in your posts are used by Facebook for it's advertisers.

No clicking links or attachments from suspicious emails!

If an email looks suspicious, is from an email address you're not familiar with or asks you to provide your login information DELETE IT. Often times, members receive emails that look to appear from AusPost or their financial institution asking them to log into their account to resolve an issue. These emails capture your login information or can even download viruses onto your device. If something feels 'off' about an email you've received from The Mac, call us on 1300 622 278. We'll verify immediately if the email was sent from us or not. And if in doubt, delete, delete, delete!

Purchase from protected sites 'https'

Websites without secure encryption can make your personal information more vulnerable to theft. What does that even mean? HTTPS websites (like The Mac's) have an additional layer of security that jumbles information sent from one system to another, so you can be sure your personal information is safe when using Online Banking. So to make sure that your personal information and card information are safe when purchasing online, look for https:// in the website address of the website you're on. You'll also notice a padlock or some kind of image that suggests the site is safe. And remember, if in doubt, don't do it! 

Stay informed about current scams

We keep our members informed about current scams through our website, Facebook page and by speaking with our members. It's also a good idea to visit the Scam Watch website regularly to stay informed of current scams and fraud alerts.

The most current scam relates to people receiving emails regarding domain name registration.

Remember, you can ALWAYS call our team if you suspect you are the victim of a scam, fraud or if you think something just isn't right. We'll investigate and discuss any current scams that are doing the rounds.

Essential Points

  1. Be careful of what you share on socials and with whom
  2. DO NOT click links, or open attachments from emails you are suspicious of
  3. Look for HTTPS in the website address if you are purchasing online
  4. Visit ScamWatch and keep up to date with current scams

 

Want to know more about keeping your personal information safe?

Our friendly, helpul & supportive team are always here to help protect your personal information and account information. If you believe there is suspicious activity on your Mac accounts, or you'd like to know more about keeping your personal information safe, speak to us immediately. Request a call back, call us now or visit one of our local branches.

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