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Nine out of 10 fintechs will hire more fraud experts in 2023
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Nine out of ten fintechs plan to recruit more experts to help tackle fraud as they expect scams to soar in 2023, according to new research.
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Bitdefender urges caution when dealing with holiday spam
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Bitdefender Labs is warning people to be aware during the festive season due to a significant increase in spam scams.
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Cyber criminals to ramp up activity over holidays
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"Sadly, cyber criminals don’t take a vacation and in fact ramp up their activity in an effort to play the Grinch."
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Scammers most likely to impersonate DHL – phishing report
Wed, 26th Oct 2022
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“Phishing is the most common type of social engineering, which is a general term describing attempts to manipulate or trick users."
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Crypto giveaway scams continue to soar, according to report
Wed, 21st Sep 2022
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There's been a fivefold increase in the number of domains used for crypto giveaway scams that involve fake YouTube streams in the first half of 2022. 
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Commission cracks down on sales practices that mislead online shoppers
Fri, 16th Sep 2022
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The Commerce Commission has issued a formal warning to online gift-box retailer, Occasion Box, for making false and unsubstantiated claims.
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3 in 5 New Zealanders report spike in attempted scams
Fri, 26th Aug 2022
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More than a third (35%) of New Zealanders encounter scams on a weekly basis, according to research commissioned by Avast.
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Crypto crime: Illicit activity falls with rest of market
Thu, 18th Aug 2022
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Cryptocurrency scams, which typically present themselves as passive crypto investing opportunities, are less enticing to potential victims.
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Can biometrics help? 123% increase in Gen Zs scammed online
Mon, 15th Aug 2022
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In the three years leading up to 2022, the number of Gen Zs who fell victim to online scams rose by 123%, according to Ping Identity.
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Big business in cryptocurrencies and cybercrime
Wed, 10th Aug 2022
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As of June this year, about a quarter (26%) of Australians considered cryptocurrency as a good investment, and over 36% have at one point considered buying cryptocurrency as an investment.
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Australians lose $300 million to scams in first half of 2022
Wed, 27th Jul 2022
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The total losses from January to June 2022 have more than doubled compared to the first half of 2021, where Australians lost a combined $139 million.
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Nvidia joins the list of brands favoured by fraudsters
Wed, 20th Jul 2022
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“Crypto scams that involve images of celebrities, or power brands, have become trendy. We’ve witnessed campaigns with Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Pavel Durov."
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Akamai research finds PayPal security measures utilised in new phishing scam
Mon, 18th Jul 2022
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New research from Akamai has found that a new threat actor is parasitising benign WordPress sites to execute an extensive PayPal phishing scam.
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The forgotten security measures in Australia’s rush to the cloud
Thu, 14th Jul 2022
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With the ability to complete their jobs in a variety of locations and across devices, Australia’s employees have unlocked a raft of previously unconsidered conveniences.
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Hundreds arrested, millions seized in global INTERPOL investigation
Mon, 20th Jun 2022
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A two-month-long investigation by INTERPOL this year involved 76 countries and clamped down on organised crime groups behind telecommunications and social engineering scams.
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Productivity wasted as employees sort out spam emails
Wed, 8th Jun 2022
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Employees who receive 30-60 external emails per day could be wasting 11 hours every year looking through and identifying spam messages.
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WhatsApp and QR codes the next scam threat - report
Thu, 26th May 2022
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KnowBe4 has warned it expects to see an increase in QR Codes and the WhatsApp chat platform being used for phishing and other scams. 
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MailGuard warns of new scam targeting Telstra customers
Wed, 25th May 2022
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Telstra customers in Australia are being warned of a new scam involving "Unsuccessful Payment" messages.
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The most common online scams in Australia
Mon, 23rd May 2022
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No one is safe from online scammers, and many of these scammers have capitalised on the pandemic, using this confusing time to attack more people than ever.
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Norton finds deepfakes and crypto scams rising in Australia
Fri, 6th May 2022
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Norton says between January and March of this year, it thwarted more than 37,098,261 threats, the equivalent of around 403,241 threats per day.
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New Norton report finds deception scams on the rise
Fri, 29th Apr 2022
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Cybercriminals are capitalising on global events using deepfakes and crypto scams to mislead consumers, a new report has revealed. 
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Sift shares digital trust and safety secrets in new report
Thu, 21st Apr 2022
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The Digital Trust & Safety Index 2021 report contains a variety of statistics, insights and case studies to help businesses discover better solutions and help them get ahead of payment fraud.
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Kiwis being defrauded at record levels since COVID-19 began
Wed, 6th Apr 2022
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"We are seeing scams becoming very highly sophisticated, which makes them hard to spot and it unfortunately means more Kiwis are being caught out."
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The rise of cybercrime - Over $300 million lost to scams last year
Tue, 5th Apr 2022
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As remote work pushes more Australians online, the increase in cybercrime hits record-high rates, sparking significant concerns.
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