Protect yourself from scams


Renewed COVID-19 restrictions in NSW, and around Australia, are causing people to feel uncertain, distressed and anxious – an ideal situation for scammers.

Lockdowns in 2020 saw a spike in scams, and the Australian Financial Review (AFR) reports that phone scams have almost tripled since this time last year. One scam detailed in the AFR’s report shows how scammers access individuals’ computers by persuading them to download software. ‘Remote access’ scams typically involve a caller or email sender claiming to be from a large reputable technology company such as Telstra, Apple or Google. This false credibility helps them manipulate their victims into complying with requests.

Other common scams during Covid relate to:

An estimated $7.2 million has been stolen through scams already this year, so protecting yourself is more important than ever.

Here are three key tips to help you stay safe from scammers:

At Unity Bank, we put our Members first, always. If you have any questions about scam awareness or need advice, visit our scam awareness page or contact us immediately.


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