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Scammers most likely to impersonate DHL – phishing report
Wed 26 Oct 2022
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“Phishing is the most common type of social engineering, which is a general term describing attempts to manipulate or trick users."
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Crypto giveaway scams continue to soar, according to report
Wed 21 Sep 2022
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There's been a fivefold increase in the number of domains used for crypto giveaway scams that involve fake YouTube streams in the first half of 2022. 
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Commission cracks down on sales practices that mislead online shoppers
Fri 16 Sep 2022
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The Commerce Commission has issued a formal warning to online gift-box retailer, Occasion Box, for making false and unsubstantiated claims.
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3 in 5 New Zealanders report spike in attempted scams
Fri 26 Aug 2022
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More than a third (35%) of New Zealanders encounter scams on a weekly basis, according to research commissioned by Avast.
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Crypto crime: Illicit activity falls with rest of market
Thu 18 Aug 2022
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Cryptocurrency scams, which typically present themselves as passive crypto investing opportunities, are less enticing to potential victims.
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Can biometrics help? 123% increase in Gen Zs scammed online
Mon 15 Aug 2022
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In the three years leading up to 2022, the number of Gen Zs who fell victim to online scams rose by 123%, according to Ping Identity.
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Big business in cryptocurrencies and cybercrime
Wed 10 Aug 2022
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As of June this year, about a quarter (26%) of Australians considered cryptocurrency as a good investment, and over 36% have at one point considered buying cryptocurrency as an investment.
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Australians lose $300 million to scams in first half of 2022
Wed 27 Jul 2022
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The total losses from January to June 2022 have more than doubled compared to the first half of 2021, where Australians lost a combined $139 million.
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Nvidia joins the list of brands favoured by fraudsters
Wed 20 Jul 2022
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“Crypto scams that involve images of celebrities, or power brands, have become trendy. We’ve witnessed campaigns with Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Pavel Durov."
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Akamai research finds PayPal security measures utilised in new phishing scam
Mon 18 Jul 2022
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New research from Akamai has found that a new threat actor is parasitising benign WordPress sites to execute an extensive PayPal phishing scam.
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The forgotten security measures in Australia’s rush to the cloud
Thu 14 Jul 2022
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With the ability to complete their jobs in a variety of locations and across devices, Australia’s employees have unlocked a raft of previously unconsidered conveniences.
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Hundreds arrested, millions seized in global INTERPOL investigation
Mon 20 Jun 2022
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A two-month-long investigation by INTERPOL this year involved 76 countries and clamped down on organised crime groups behind telecommunications and social engineering scams.
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Productivity wasted as employees sort out spam emails
Wed 8 Jun 2022
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Employees who receive 30-60 external emails per day could be wasting 11 hours every year looking through and identifying spam messages.
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WhatsApp and QR codes the next scam threat - report
Thu 26 May 2022
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KnowBe4 has warned it expects to see an increase in QR Codes and the WhatsApp chat platform being used for phishing and other scams. 
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MailGuard warns of new scam targeting Telstra customers
Wed 25 May 2022
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Telstra customers in Australia are being warned of a new scam involving "Unsuccessful Payment" messages.
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The most common online scams in Australia
Mon 23 May 2022
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No one is safe from online scammers, and many of these scammers have capitalised on the pandemic, using this confusing time to attack more people than ever.
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Norton finds deepfakes and crypto scams rising in Australia
Fri 6 May 2022
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Norton says between January and March of this year, it thwarted more than 37,098,261 threats, the equivalent of around 403,241 threats per day.
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New Norton report finds deception scams on the rise
Fri 29 Apr 2022
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Cybercriminals are capitalising on global events using deepfakes and crypto scams to mislead consumers, a new report has revealed. 
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Sift shares digital trust and safety secrets in new report
Thu 21 Apr 2022
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The Digital Trust & Safety Index 2021 report contains a variety of statistics, insights and case studies to help businesses discover better solutions and help them get ahead of payment fraud.
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Kiwis being defrauded at record levels since COVID-19 began
Wed 6 Apr 2022
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"We are seeing scams becoming very highly sophisticated, which makes them hard to spot and it unfortunately means more Kiwis are being caught out."
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The rise of cybercrime - Over $300 million lost to scams last year
Tue 5 Apr 2022
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As remote work pushes more Australians online, the increase in cybercrime hits record-high rates, sparking significant concerns.
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The generation gap: Protecting our kaumātua online
Wed 30 Mar 2022
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In New Zealand, it was revealed that those aged between 55-64 and over 65 primarily use their desktop computer or laptop to go online, making them more at risk to cyber threats.
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5 online scam red flags - signs you’re dealing with scammers
Mon 21 Mar 2022
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No matter who the victim is or how sophisticated the scheme may be, there is always a way to sniff out fraud before it’s too late.
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Shouldering the responsibility of payment security
Fri 18 Mar 2022
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Two years since the surge in digital payments, shoppers have seamlessly transitioned to day-to-day use, with online payments becoming second nature when buying goods and services online.
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