SBDC e-news – August 2016 Scam

Who’s scamming the scamwatcher?

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is warning businesses to watch out for scam emails that claim to be from the ACCC but in fact contain links that can infect your computer with malware.

During July, several businesses reported receiving bogus requests from scammers claiming to be the ACCC. The emails ask businesses to respond to a complaint that has been made about them, or seek payment for an infringement notice for breach of copyright.

While there have been no reports to date of people losing money to these scammers, it’s important to stay alert to them.

If you’re uncertain about the legitimacy of an email you’ve received, call the ACCC’s Scamwatch call centre on 1300 795 995 to check.

Here’s some tips from the ACCC to help protect you from this scam and others like it:

  • Don’t click on any suspicious links in emails and check the sender’s address. If you think it’s a scam, delete the email.
  • Ensure you have up-to-date virus protection and firewall software installed.
  • Regularly back up your computer’s data on a separate hard drive. If your computer is infected by malware or ransomware you can restore the factory settings and easily re-install all of your software and data.
  • Don’t respond to contact details provided in unsolicited emails. Independently verify contact details from the phone book or search online for official details.
  • Keep your staff informed about security threats and provide them guidance on how to deal with scam emails.

For more information, go to ACCC’s Scamwatch website. G