Shutdown cyber crime

Online safety has never been more important.

The internet has made the world a better place, but it has also given rise to online scams and cyber crime. Managing your safety online is a great start to protect yourself.

Crime Stoppers Victoria have prepared this Cybersafety Toolkit with online safety tips, but more importantly – advice on discussing cyber safety with others who might not be as experienced as you.

 

Sometimes a message is received better when it comes from a lighthearted place. Feel free to share these with your friends and family.

We asked the experts for their cybersafety tips, here's what they said

Article from The Australian 9th October 2019

by Stella Smith CEO Crime Stoppers Victoria

If you can’t see somebody’s face – it’s best not to take them at face value.

Online scammers are often professional criminals but sometimes are talented hobbyists. They can live anywhere in the world, or they could live right next door. As consumers we have been conditioned to think locally and are acting with this same level of trust and experience when we go online in the global digital marketplace. In this environment where jurisdictions are blurred and people can’t always be protected, it is important to be aware of our own behaviours that can make us vulnerable targets.

The government, banks, the ATO and various institutions have been educating the public on dealing with the latest scams, while scammers are busy developing scams that are yet to surface. The same way the mainstream hadn’t heard of phishing five years ago, 2024 will bring new scams that are enabled by new technology. So instead of highlighting each scam, we’ve taken it back to basics and have identified the emotional factors that can cause victims to fall prey to a scammer.

– Panic

You know that feeling you get when you receive a final notice email or a call from a debt collector? It is a sense of urgency that floods you with the need to resolve the issue before it gets any worse. So what if you just take a second, pause, and think – do I really owe this money or do they really need those details? In most cases, even if you do believe their claims are justified – you are entitled to verify the caller. This could be as simple as hanging up the phone and calling back, to visiting the local branch. What might seem like a minor inconvenience now can save you from a lot of hassle in the future.

– Trust

In the era of social media and dating apps, it’s easy to form relationships online. We’ve all got that friend of a friend who meet their partner on Tinder. We’re not saying that can’t happen, we are just saying that if you can’t see somebody’s face – it’s best not to take them at face value.

Crime Stoppers Victoria acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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