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Too quick to click: New Zealanders falling for phishing emails
New insights from CCL reveal that a significant amount of New Zealanders are still falling for phishing email scams, due in part to impulsive email behaviour.
Small businesses unprepared for the latest wave of scams - Westpac
A report found small businesses are paying a hefty price to scammers; on average losing $38,845 and recovering much less than half.
IRD warning customers of new email scam over tax refunds
“We’ve received more than 900 reports over the weekend. It looks like the real thing but has some tell-tale mistakes that people can use to tell it’s a scam."
FaceApp: Pro version scams, privacy concerns
Along with the viral potential of its popular filters, FaceApp has of late, generated a huge wave of media attention amid concerns about online privacy.
Scam warning: Fake Google reviews and business listings targeting the vulnerable
"Essentially people are doing this because people are easy to scam when they are anxious, desperate or in trouble."
Spark protects seniors from scammers with new home phone
Nuisance-call blocking landline gives peace of mind around scam calls and new postpaid mobile plans designed specifically for over-65s.
IRD shuts down fraudulent direct debit scam
“We’re working with the police and banks to investigate further and anyone who has been left out of pocket will be reimbursed."
Scams rampant on dating websites and apps
Romance scams are popular because they prey on vulnerable people looking for love, and the victims want to believe what they are reading and seeing, which causes them to forget basic protection from scams."
Fake apps on Google Play scamming users out of cryptocurrency
Fake cryptocurrency apps on Google Play have been discovered to be phishing and scamming users out of cryptocurrency, according to a new report from ESET.
IRD warns against phishing as personal tax changes kick in
In the last month, two e-mail scams surfaced asking taxpayers to fill in a form to receive a refund owed to them.
Apple Pay “brandjacked” in new phishing attack
Cybercriminals are mimicking well-known companies, “brandjacking” them in a bid to infect computer systems and to steal sensitive data.
NBN warns users about scammers posing as staff to swipe financial details
It says scammers are increasingly taking the opportunity to impersonate NBN employees to take advantage of consumers.
AI-DAY: Using artificial intelligence to scam the scammers
“40% of New Zealand parents don’t think they can keep themselves safe online.”
Singapore ICA impersonated in web & phone scams
“The ICA would like to advise members of the public to exercise caution by checking on the URL and web address."
120 reports in 12 hours: Kiwis hit by IRD tax refund scam
Inland Revenue has issued an urgent warning about a tax scam that has caught many people off guard today.
Oh, sweet revenge: White hat hacker floods scammers' phone lines
What happens when you put cold call scammers up against a seasoned programmer? You get sweet revenge, if the case of one security developer.
FireEye uncovers the top APAC verticals most likely to be hit by cyber attacks
Targeted threats, spear phishing, email fraud and phishing are some of the top risk trends in FireEye's latest risk report.
At it again: Scammers targeting Kiwi elderly
In some cases, the caller had threatened to immediately disconnect their power if payment was not made immediately.
NZ school bomb scare: No real threat, overseas calls
“We understand the fear and concern that these types of events will cause, however we reiterate that we have not established any actual threat."
FirstWave tackles $3 billion enterprise issue
“The solution we've developed is designed to detect and block various ‘whaling’ attacks, specifically to protect a company’s C-Level executives."
Scammers pose as Microsoft, target New Zealanders
There has been a significant increase in reports of scammers trying to defraud people by claiming to be calling from Microsoft.
New Zealanders: Be smarter with your data
Australiasian Consumer Fraud Week starts today, with the aim of raising awareness about scammers and encouraging NZers to be smarter with their data.
Scam targets Spark NZ customers
Spark New Zealand customers have been contacted by scammers and asked to hand over their personal details.
Scammers put a damper on holiday travels
If you’re heading out of town this holiday season, watch out for malware masquerading as flight information.