Fairfield 'has highest instances of internet fraud in Sydney'

People with debit cards in the Sydney suburb of Fairfield are more frequently the victims of online fraud than those anywhere else in the state.

Figures released to the Sydney Morning Herald by computer security firm RSA revealed that 6.9 per cent of the recorded instances internet crime of this sort occurred in the area, 1.5 percentage points higher than second-placed Gosford.

Credit and debit cards were often used to purchase goods such as iPhones, laptops and plane tickets, the company asserted.

Details are stolen through phishing scams – which involve the victim being tricked into voluntarily giving up their information – and Trojans.

These are malicious pieces of software secretly installed on computers that enable hackers to access sensitive information stored on the devices.

In March, Consumer Watch spokesman Paul Tully warned Aussies that scammers sending out phishing emails only need a hit rate of less than one per cent for success.

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