Beware scammers wanting access to your computer and bank account

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has advised that scammers are increasingly catching out people by impersonating well-known businesses or the police so they can get access to computers and steal money or banking information. 

The ACCC’s Scamwatch website has recorded a significant spike in these types of scams, known as remote access scams, with more than 8000 reports recorded in 2018 so far and losses totalling $4.4 million. 

“The spike in remote access scams is very concerning; losses so far in 2018 have already surpassed those for the whole of 2017, and sadly it is older Australians that are losing the most money,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

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