Queensland Police have warned that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of fraud scams targeting Queenslanders in the past month.
Recent attacks include attempts at stealing individuals’ identities through hacking, remote access scams or document theft. Police have also seen an increase in attacks on government agencies and ransomware attacks on businesses, demanding money to unlock files.
The Acting Detective Superintendent Terry Lawrence of the Fraud and Cyber Crime Group said “In the last month we have noticed a dramatic increase in not only the number of scams circulating, but the sophisticated nature of these scams”.
“The offenders behind these attacks are relentless and while we continue to see the same scams reinvented or reinterpreted, there are always new ones that leave us very concerned,” Mr Lawrence said.
Mr Lawrence said that his organisation and the police are concerned about the community and warn that web-users need to take every possible step to prevent this from happening to them.
TIPS TO BE CYBER SAFE:
- Don’t open attachments or click links in emails or social media messages that are unsolicited.
- Be wary of any free downloads or website access – they may install harmful software.
- Keep your security up to date on your electronic devices.
- Never send money or give credit card or password details to anyone you do not know.
- Be careful of the personal information you post on your social media profile.