Anti-fraud officer Jasmeen Kaur Pannu who works with a leading Australian bank, says scammers are taking advantage of the COVID-induced lockdowns to con unsuspecting people through new tricks. Tune into this podcast for expert tips to prevent online fraud.
Jasmeen Kaur Pannu says online scammers have evolved their conning methods during COVID-prompted lockdowns across the country.
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Speaking about various kinds of online fraud, the anti-fraud officer says phishing activity has thrived during the pandemic, especially through government impersonation scams, where scammers trick people into giving out personal details, including photos, and identity documents and banking details.
"Scammers pose as government officials and inquire about a pending debt which does not exist. Often, they will send a follow-up email from a fake link to corroborate their claims. And once the unsuspecting victim clicks on the link, it gives scammers access to their personal details," she warns.
Ms Pannu says people have also been scammed in the name of love.
“Whether its the ageing or the young population, everyone has been hard hit by these scams. Dating websites have become a common platform where people are lured into coughing up their hard-earned money, and in some cases, these meetings can also result in dangerous consequences," she adds.
Ms Pannu says it's important to stay informed about new methods used by scammers in order to prevent online fraud.
She advises that people must never disclose their personal details to strangers over the phone.
"The best way is to verify. In case of bank-related scams, call your bank or check your statements carefully before divulging your personal details to someone you are hesitant to trust. If you detect something suspicious, report to the concerned institution or reach out to the police in the first instance," she says.
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