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Cyber Security

With the growth of the online world, the importance of strong cyber security and cyber awareness is becoming increasingly important. Cyber security is not just important for businesses but also for individuals and families. Scams are becoming more and more common, and it is important to be aware of the signs of a scam to safe online.

What are Cyber Scams?

A cyber scam is when someone uses emails, messages, phone calls and any other online platform to pretend to be another individual or organisation. This could be someone you think you know or someone you think you should trust. They do this to try and get you to send them usually some sort of currency or personal information.

ATO Impersonation Scam

There has been a recent email being sent impersonating the ATO. This email mentions a security update and asks for you to update your multifactor authentication through scanning a QR code. This then leads you to a fake myGov page designed to steal your sign in details. It is important to note that the ATO will never send you an email with a QR code or a link to log into the portal.

Some Signs of a Scam

  • The message is unexpected and comes out of the blue.
  • The message is not the same formatting or written as it normally would be.
  • Theres an unreasonable deadline or sense of urgency.
  • There is a promise of a benefit or threat of punishment (debt, fine, jail).
  • There are links to follow, QR codes to scan.
  • They may be asking for money, gift cards, log in details and other personal details.

If You Think You Have Received a Scam

  1. Go Straight to the Trusted Source – Visit the official website, log on to your account, call the official phone number and discuss what you have received to confirm if it was real. Do not get this contact information from the scam.
  2. Do Not Click on Links, Open Attachments or Reply – Scammers may try to trick you into giving personal information. They may ask for your bank account details, passwords or credit card numbers. They may also ask you to download files, software, or allow remote access to your computer. Do not click on these!
  3. Use Identification to Confirm if Genuine. – You can check website links by looking at them if they are claiming to be a government body and the link does not end in “.gov.au” it is a sign it is fake. You can also confirm phone numbers on official websites.

As always, don’t hesitate to contact one of the friendly Greenlight Super Services team members if you require further assistance on (02) 6273 1066 or info@glss.com.au.

This newsletter is for general information only. Every effort has been made to ensure that it is accurate, however it is not intended to be a complete description of the matters described. The newsletter has been prepared without taking in to account any personal objectives, financial situation or needs. The information contained is correct as of 11 December 2023.

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