ABOUT 100 Warracknabeal and district residents learned how to
protect themselves from scammers, from one of National Australia Bank’s security experts.
Warracknabeal Action Group hosted National Australia Bank Security Advisory and Awareness Manager Laura Hartley for two sessions at the Warracknabeal Senior Citizens Centre and Yarriambiack Shire Ofﬁce to help arm residents with knowledge to protect themselves when dealing with scammers.
WAG vice-president Kathryn Jackson said the response they received was terriﬁc.
“We have had a fantastic turn out and people asked lots of questions so we are really happy with how it went,” Mrs Jackson said.
National Australia Bank Managing Partner of Western Victoria Mick Alderman said cyber safety in the bank has grown and not a day goes by that he doesn’t receive a call from customers about cyber security.
“Cyber security has grown in the bank, especially over the last 18 months and so we want to thank WAG and
David Ward for organising this event and Lauren for coming to share her knowledge,” Mr Alderman said.
Ms Hartley explained different types of cyber security attacks and discussed further DDos, spam emails, phishing emails and their levels of sophistication, ﬁle sharing phishing, SMS phishing, CEO phishing, invoice and payroll scams, scam phone calls third party payment scams, and fake cards and identiﬁcations scams, all of which catch business owners and residents alike on a regular basis.
“When it comes to spam emails, of every 12 million emails sent out, one person will hand over their details which could mean a win of $35,000 for the scammer which is time and cost effective for them when they are sending out thousands of emails a day,” Ms Hartley said.
“What we have seen is that different spam groups and organisations are starting to work together to create more sophisticated attacks,” she
Ms Hartley recommended in order to ad an additional layer of safety when banking or using the internet and devices, to turn on secondary layers of protection if available.
“Also back up your data if there is anything you can’t afford to lose. When scammers hold your ﬁles for ransom, even if you do get them back, its not guaranteed that they will be in a usable state,” she said.
Ms Hartley also reminded residents to check what they share on social media.
“Don’t post things on social media that you wouldn’t want a stranger to know about you,” she said.
Mr Alderman encouraged residents to talk about cyber security with friends and family to help others become aware and help them protect themselves.