Research by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs shows that New Zealanders are losing over $400 million per year to scammers with many people being targeted online.
NetSafe is supporting Fraud Awareness Week 2012 which starts today, 19 March 2012, and aims to help people become more clued up about online trickery.
As a nation we’re ‘nice but not savvy’: “a bit too trusting for our own good and internet fraud is getting more and more sophisticated”.
To mark the week the NetSafe team have created a one minute fun and educational video focused on the car shipping scam we’ve had reported to us many times via www.theorb.org.nz.
Watch the video and share it with your friends and family:
NetSafe have more tools and advice to help you stay safe online:
- Learn how to identify internet scams with the Scam Machine website
- Report cybercrime using our Orb website
- Read how the cold calling technical support scam works
As the Ministry advises, being savvy is about keeping your guard up, watching out for the signs and not trusting appearances.
- Get a second opinion from a friend, lawyer or even an internet search.
- Don’t fill in a form unless you know where it’s going.
- Check your accounts for unusual activity.
- Ignore anything that’s an obvious scam, reacting can mean you are more likely to be targeted in the future.
- Keep your passwords private and difficult to guess.