Scammers spreading their nets

Scammers spreading their nets

News that a fake Facebook page was set up in the name of Digital Media Minister Clare Curran is a useful reminder to all of us to keep an eye out for e-crooks.

While scams are as old as human society, and digital scams as old as the internet, Westpac have recently noticed an increase in both the frequency and the sophistication of fake emails sent to customers.

Below are some recent examples, with the giveaways highlighted (spelling mistakes and poor grammar are common).

However, while these warning signs are relatively easy to see once they are pointed out, they are easily missed when an email gets the quick glance most of us give most of the messages we receive.

 

If it doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t

If you are at all unsure about any email seemingly from Westpac, please:

  •     Don’t click on any links in the email

  •     Don’t reply to the email

  •     Do forward it to phishing@westpac.co.nz

  •     Do delete the email

  •     Do update and perform anti-virus and anti-spyware scans on your computer

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