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How to report Online Scams and Cyber Crime

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The beauty about Cyber Awareness Training is that once you and your staff have completed a few rounds of training they can easily identify the most common scams such and phishing emails. The increasing prevalence of online scams are are luring in members of the Australian community and most are easy to spot: In 2020, a lady named Ms Cahill quickly phoned her bank to report a suspicious incident, as well as speaking to the IT company that looks after her business’ computers.

The IT support company backtracked the steps she took that lead up to the suspicious incident where Ms Cahill clicked on a link of a search results page that looked real, but the site that opened had a phoney URL that was easy to miss in a hurry, referring to “bendigohank” instead of “bendigobank”. This is an example of “Typosquatting”–a domain that’s spelt similar to a well known brand with a few letters out of place–and is prevelant in a large number of scams. And its one of the things we drill for at CyberHelper Cyber Awareness Training.

If you do find yourself in a situation like Ms Cahil, however, their are further steps you can take like reporting the incident.

What is ReportCyber?

On 30 June 2019, the ACIC’s Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) system transitioned to the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s ReportCyber, an online platform for reporting cybercrimes. This means that now any member of the business community can report a cybercrime

Any member of the community or business can report a cybercrime on ReportCyber.

What can be reported at ReportCyber?

Some of the most common types of cybercrimes reported include:

  • Cyber abuse – someone is bullying, harassing or stalking you online.
  • Online image abuse – someone has shared or is threatening to share intimate images or videos of you online.
  • Online shopping fraud or romance fraud – you have been deceived into sending money or goods to someone online.
  • Identity theft – someone has used your personal or business identity information and accessed your online accounts.
  • Email compromise – you received an email containing fraudulent information that deceived you to send money.
  • Internet fraud – you have clicked on a phishing link or given someone remote access to a computer or device, and money may have been taken from your accounts.
  • Ransomware or malware – your system or devices have been compromised and someone may be demanding money.

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