Aussies 'should take steps to protect savings accounts from scammers'

Mozo

Monday 16 November 2009

Aussies have been warned to be extra vigilant when it comes to protecting their personal information from scammers, who may try to access their savings accounts.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recently revealed that there was a 60 per cent increase in the number of reported scams, according to news.com.au.

National coordinator for high-tech criminal investigations with the Australian Federal Police Steve Martin, told the news provider technology such as VoIP is being utilised by criminals.

"People just need to beware that they need to do their homework and check phone numbers with more legitimate sources," he said.

According to ACCC deputy chair Peter Kell, online fraud is taking many forms, including exploiting celebrity deaths and other high profile news.

"Ultimately the underlying aim of the scam is either to steal money or your identity," he said.

Last month, Romanian police chief Elvis Tudose warned that high limits on debit and credit card cash withdrawals at ATMs make Aussies a target for crime.

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