NBN impersonation scams. Or scams involving people claiming to be from Border Force, Microsoft, Telstra, a courier, foreign governments and more are on the rise. They want to “help you” to speed up your Internet, question you about “illegal items” detected in a parcel addressed to you, they want to fix a virus on your computer or get you to pay fees and fines.

They’re all scams – and just like romance and dating scams, items on sale at too cheap prices on Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace or elsewhere, with the seller unable to leave a military base or in some other way stuck and unable to meet you but wanting you to transfer money electronically, people wanting to log onto your computer and take control with remote access software, threats that you need to pay a fine immediately or have bank or other accounts closed, or clicking on the links in unexpected “missed voicemail” or “courier delivery issues” text messages – cyber criminals have never been more active, or successful in stealing money, passwords or other information.

So it’s great to see the ACCC and nbn taking action to get the message out so that everyone – not just older Australians – becomes more cyber street smart, so they are ScamFit as nbn puts it, and ‘CyberFit’ as one of the top Internet security, anti-ransomware and backup software vendors, Acronis, puts it.

ASCCA, the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association, which is one of the organisations partnering with nbn on its excellent ScamFit program, is…

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