It’s a new week, but the spammers take no break. We collected the current top spam numbers from tellows-au.com and tell you what they are about. This week we share phone numbers with you that sent text spam messages all over Australia.
We’ve all seen spam and fraud in our everyday life. Luckily, it is often easy to see through them before it is too late. But especially on the phone, it can be tricky to distinguish a genuine call from a scam call. On tellows-au.com we receive reports about scam callers everyday. The users may ask themselves, why is the person calling me? The caller already knows my name and address, so it has to be trustworthy, right? – No way! We tell you what common frauds look like and how you can protect yourself from them.
Scam Losses Rise
In 2021 Scamwatch reported, that losses exceeded $211 million in the phone scam area between January and September. This numbers is even higher than it was for the whole year 2020. In 2021 Scamwatch received over 113,000 reports about phone scams.
Less people reported losing money in 2021. On the other hand, those people who lost money, have lost larger amounts with an average loss of $11,000.
Scamwatch published the top 10 scam methods of 2021. Phishing is the most reported scam showing how dangerous this scam has become and that exercising precaution with sharing data is the number one priority.
Common Types of Scams
Scammers like to tell stories and make you believe that the call is urgent by putting pressure on you. For example there is a time senstitive event with only limited offers left or your safety is at risk when you don’t allow access to your computer or pay a debt immediately. Sometimes they pretend to be from well-known company or your insurance. Maybe you also receive a text message or a silent call where you have no chance to even answer the phone. These are just some tricks Australian scammers use to make you call back and share sensitive data.
It’s very concerning to see these scams evolving and becoming more sophisticated to steal even more money from unsuspecting people. – ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard
Despite the Corona Virus the European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) takes place once again all over Europe. Because of the pandemic our everyday life changed and nowadays almost everything takes place online which makes it even more important to know how to protect your data and how cyber scammer work.
Also, our way of working changed. Now we work and learn at home and all professional and personal contacts, like keeping in touch with beloved ones, are conducted online. All these actions increase the general internet activity and that attracts cyber scammers. At the beginning of the pandemic there were fewer calls than in the past years at the same time. But the calls of scammers didn’t decrease. You might ask yourself how do you protect your data. That’s what the cybersecurity Month is about.
What is the EuropeanCyber Security Month?
The first European Cyber Security Month took place in 2012 and it’s organized by the European Union Agency for Cyber Security (ENISA) and the European Union Member States. The over-all topic every October is the cybersecurity. The aim of the ECSM is to create awareness of cyber criminality and to show the right way to move around on the internet. Like every year all citizen and companies can take part.
Think Before U Click #ThinkB4Click
The main topic of the ECSM since the beginning is that cybersecurity is a shared responsibility and all European countries should work together against it. Additionally, every year the ECSM has a motto. This year’s motto is #ThinkB4UClick and all activities and workshop concentrate on the approach to identify cyber scammers and the general danger of cyber criminality. The first two weeks are about digital skills and week three and four concentrates on cyber scam.
tellows and the Cyber Security Month
Scammers try to take advantage of the current situation and use it to make profit. Especially they are after E-commerce companies and online pay-systems. That shows that data protection is now even more important than before the pandemic.
We report about the Cyber Security Month because it’s important to know about cyber scammers and their methods. Spam calls can happen to everyone. tellows can help to identify those calls and help you with the decision if you should answer the phone or not.
An annual moth about cybersecurity is important, but we from tellows think it’s even more important to be aware of new scam methods and threats of the internet all the time. Although, we aren’t taking part in the ECSM, we are protecting you and your data every day! It’s essential to improve your own behaviour on the internet and on the phone, but also to update your friends and family regular about new scam methods and security gapes. On your website you can check dubious numbers at all time and your community reports new numbers on our website every day!
What are you doing to protect yourself from cyber criminality? What experience did you make? Share your knowledge in the comments and help others to protect themselves.
We have been living with the restrictions that the Covid19 virus brings with it for six months. The time cuts are different in many countries and regions. The economy around the world is severely affected by the effects and regulations of the government. But how has calling behavior changed during the pandemic?
Fewer calls in lockdown
Almost every company needs the telephone in everyday life, regardless of whether it is for daily customer support, consultation or appointment arrangements, or sales and acquisition. Due to the restrictions in daily work and the increase in home office activities, the number of calls has changed in many places. Many companies have not only moved their work home, but have been forced to severely restrict business lines.
This is reflected in calling behavior, which has changed significantly during the pandemic and especially during the strict lockdown. External telephony was greatly reduced, not only because other companies were less accessible and technically poorly equipped at home, the economic situation also meant that appointments, support or expenses through sales and collaborations were not made or were limited until further notice. This also applies to call centers and companies that use phone calls for undesirable purposes such as telephone spam, advertising or even fraud.
tellows shows the history of caller activity in different countries
Even on tellows we experienced fewer reported calls and fewer numbers were searched, which is noticeable in the low number of calls made in general.
In the following diagram, we show you the caller behavior over time in the UK and France.
Superficial knowledge can be dangerous, we all know that. In terms of telephone advertising and fraud, it can cost you a lot of money and nerves! Therefore, today we present you the most common myths regarding telephone advertising, telephone fraud and possible manipulations on tellows and clearify them.
1. Telephone scam only affects older people
As soon as one hears of telephone scam, one has more in mind the 93-year-old Mary-Ann, who was tricked by fraudsters, than the 26-year-old computer science student Stella. The fact is: Fraudsters often try to scam older target groups since they tend to be less careful and easier to be fooled. They are not always informed about the latest phone scam tricks, so a call from an alleged family member or the bank employee can turn into a costly trap.
However, this does not mean that everyone else can think themselves safe. Since there are many types of fraud, the victims differ. There are even tricks that mainly lead to success for the fraudsters among younger people. Such an example would be the Microsoft support scam, which targets access to sensitive data from their victims on the phone. According to Microsoft, this stitch is particularly successful in the age group of 18 to 34 years.
2. As long as I don’t give out any data about myself, I can’t lose any money
Unfortunately, this is also a misconception. It is true that you should never reveal your data on the phone, but there are other ways to get your money. Ping calls pose a great risk here. In this case, the fraudsters ring only a few seconds to provoke a recall. If this is done, a high fee will be charged, as the numbers are often foreign and you will be drawn into a waiting loop that can cost you a lot of money per minute. Continue reading →
we know what you might think: “Corona Virus scams again?!” But trust me, even tough we already informed you about a lot of scams regarding to Covid-19, we have to inform you about this one! It is a really sneaky trick and there is a high probability that you might fall for the scam if you don’t know how to recognize it.
We are all worried by the pandemic, and watching news reporting how the numbers increase and people’s panic buying really don’t help. Nonetheless, during this time and days, tellows would like to remind you do not fall victim of phone scams related to COVID-19. Scammers around the world are taking advantage of the fear surrounding it to deceive people into disclosing personal information and money.
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