Stay Scam-Safe This Holiday Season

The holiday season, while festive and joyous, also brings a surge in scam activities. With Australians busy with holiday preparations and shopping, it's a crucial time to stay vigilant against potential scams. RED IT brings you essential tips to help you stay protected during this busy time.
Three Key Ways to Protect Yourself from Scams:
  1. Two-Factor Authentication Code Safety: Be aware that legitimate organisations will never ask you to provide your two-factor authentication code, such as an SMS code, via email or verbally. This code is as confidential as your PIN and can give unauthorized access to your accounts.

  2. Strong, Secure Passwords and Authentication Methods: Implement robust passwords, biometric logins, and multi-factor authentications, like SMS confirmations when entering passwords, to enhance security.

  3. Monitor Your Accounts for Suspicious Activity: Keep an eye on your accounts for any unusual activities. If you spot something suspicious, take immediate action, such as locking your account or contacting your service provider.

Current Scams to Watch Out For:
  • Parcel Scams: Scammers exploit the increase in deliveries during the holidays to send fake parcel delivery messages. If you receive a suspicious text about a parcel, refer to your original tracking information and contact the retailer directly.

  • Toll Scams: Be cautious of messages claiming overdue toll fees. Don’t click on links in these messages; instead, check your activity on the official toll payment site or app.

  • Impersonation Scams: Scammers often impersonate legitimate institutions, offering attractive rates to create urgency. Always verify these offers by visiting the official website or contacting the organisation directly.

  • Accommodation Scams: Watch out for scammers targeting users of accommodation booking sites, sending emails or notifications about cancellations unless you click a provided link. Always verify with the booking site directly.

Five Signs to Help Spot a Scam:
  1. Urgent requests for passwords, payments, or personal details.
  2. Unusual email addresses or suspicious links in communications.
  3. Personalised links or pop-ups on social media.
  4. Instructions on what to say to your bank.
  5. Requests for multiple ‘deposit’ payments to set up an account.
Stay Informed and Protected:

Staying informed about the latest scam tactics is your best defence against becoming a victim. If you suspect you’ve encountered a scam, take immediate action and report it to the relevant authorities or service providers.

At RED IT, we’re committed to helping you stay secure online, especially during the holiday season. By staying informed and vigilant, you can enjoy a safe and scam-free holiday period.

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