Monday, July 22nd, 2013 - SCAMwatch
The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) is aware of a number of scams using the ACC name and logo to lure consumers into paying thousands of dollars into fraudulent bank accounts.

The ACC was this week alerted to an online scam where a pop-up window, which purports to be from the ACC and other government authorities, informs the user that they are accused of committing an offence and that the computer is ‘locked’ until a fine is paid.

The ACC never solicits funds from members of the public and this message is not associated with the ACC.  The appearance of the message is due to a virus on the user’s computer.

This scam highlights the prevalence and scope of frauds being initiated by criminals operating in the cyber environment.

Members of the public are advised to be aware of this scam and to consider the general computer safety tips below:

  • maintain current anti-virus software that is obtained from a reputable source and is regularly updated
  • ensure their operating system is updated to ensure any security vulnerabilities are mitigated
  • use strong passwords to protect their personal information
  • limit the amount of personal information placed on the internet
  • do not provide financial or other personal information to people that you do not know and trust
  • never click on links contained within spam or unexpected emails.

Anyone who receives similar emails or requests or believe they are a victim of this type of fraud should report it to SCAMwatch on 1300 795 995 or go to www.scamwatch.gov.au

The SCAMwatch website also includes helpful hints for spotting scams and keeping personal details safe.

Information on other scams that have used the ACC’s name and logo is available here.

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The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) is aware of a number of scams using the ACC name and logo to lure consumers into paying thousands of dollars into fraudulent bank accounts.

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