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Scam Alert - Targeting the Over 50s

Age may make you wiser but it can also make you more vulnerable to the many digital traps which exist in the cyber world.  The ACCC says those aged over 65 are the most likely to fall victim to scams and the risk is rising.  Scam-related crimes have jumped 56% in the past two years and losses are estimated to be $532million through various tricks such as investment frauds and dating cons.... Read more

Are You Part of the Subscription Trap?

Subscriptions use to be used for trusty old-school products such as Reader’s Digest, gyms and motoring organisations like the NRMA. Now, it’s more likely you’ll be shelling out for a whole new raft of subscription services which didn’t exist in the good old days. But be warned, the subscription trap is still alive and well and many a profitable business is based on the well-known cons... Read more

Is Your Bank Trying to Scam You?

Every day it becomes easier for hackers and scammers to pose as your bank in an attempt to harvest your personal details and login credentials, and whilst your bank isn’t trying to scam you, people posing as your bank may be. ANZ recently shared details of an online email phishing scam that will attempt to steal your login details by asking you to provide “challenge questions,” and direc... Read more

6 Holiday Scams Putting Travellers at Risk

We shouldn’t have to say the old adage, “if it’s too good to be true…” but sometimes we all get stars in our eyes and fall victim to a scam. The best way to avoid scams is to be aware of what is out there. Here are 6 Holiday Scams Putting Travellers at Risk ACCOMMODATION BOOKING SCAM Pretty photographs of holiday rentals vs the sometimes ugly and dismal truth about holiday ren... Read more

The One Sentence to Get Telemarketers Off the Phone

Having a phone automatically means receiving calls from telemarketers. Registering on the Do Not Call list helps a little but what about the ones who call anyway? Is there a way to get them off the phone and stopping them from contacting you in the future? The answer is yes. Ask them this question: “CAN YOU MAIL ME OUT YOUR PRIVACY AND OPT-OUT POLICIES, PLEASE?” The very simp... Read more

My Identity Has Been Stolen, Now What?

If you think someone has stolen your identity and is committing crimes in your name, here is what you should do. IMMEDIATELY report it to the police and ask for a copy of the police reports as your bank and other financial institutions will want to see it. Contact your bank and financial institutions and tell them what has happened. If any accounts have been opened within your stolen ... Read more

5 Ways to Safeguard Your Bank Accounts

Identity theft costs Australia upwards of $1.6 billion each year and $900 million is lost to individuals through credit card fraud, identity theft and scams. Crafty criminals have become more than adept in navigating the ever changing landscape of online banking, investing, credit cards, and the such. You can shield yourself and your hard earned money from potential thieves. You just have to... Read more

Is Oversharing Putting You at Risk

We all want to “keep up with Joneses” because what your neighbour or friend down the street has, you might want too. And in the day and age where everyone wants to “one up” another be it in social status, holiday amazingness, or how your grandchild is better than another, it could also leave you exposed to hackers, frauds, and criminals. We’ve all seen this post:   While this soci... Read more

Protect Yourself Against this US Visa Scam

Maybe you’ve taken all the offers the FiftyUp Club has sent your way and you have now saved money for that dream holiday abroad. But if you’ve set your sights on the glamour of Hollywood or the hustle and bustle of New York City, be aware of this one scam that could charge you SEVEN TIMES more than it should! If you are travelling to the US, you are required to get an Electronic Syste... Read more

Protect Yourself Against Claim Harvesting Scams

If you have been in a road accident, you might have suddenly started receiving emails, brochures, calls etc from solicitors claiming you have a case for a compensation. Road accident victims often fall into “claims harvesting”. “Claims harvesters” are scammers who sell private information to solicitors who encourage them to lodge exaggerated and false injury compensation claims. In Wester... Read more