13 October 2017

Stay Smart Online Week

This week, one of our staff members received an email claiming their address book had been hacked and demanding a ransom. Fortunately, our practice has security systems in place to prevent these issues, and we were easily able to determine this as a fake.

Given that 9-13 October 2017 was Stay Smart Online Week, we thought this was a timely reminder to review the scams that are out there.


You can refer to previous newsletters on identifying scam emails here:

It's That Time of Year - ATO Scams on the Rise Again (2 June 2016)

DocuSign Emails - How Can You Tell If They're Real? (10 October 2015)

Of late, there has also been a recent increase in the number of people receiving fake infringement notices purportedly from the police. Police have warned people that this is a scam and that they should not click on suspicious emails and to advise ScamWatch.

For more details on how to spot a fake email, visit ScamWatch's website here.

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This Newsletter, of necessity, has dealt with matters of a technical nature in general terms only. Clients should contact us for detailed information on any of the items in the Newsletter. No responsibility for loss occasioned to any person acting or refraining from acting in reliance upon any material in this Newsletter can be accepted by any member or employee of the firm.

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