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WARNING: do not give out confidential information over the phone

Mark Fletcher
September 17th, 2020 · No Comments

There are several phone based scams doing impacting newsagents right now.

  1. One is from someone claiming to be from the tax office and asking for bank details, ostensibly to pay a refund to you.
  2. Another is from someone claiming to be a debt collector for the tax office and that you have to pay an amount, usually around $5,000, to avoid court action.
  3. Another is from someone asking you to vend a voucher for them as a test.

These calls are on top of phishing emails, that are seriously problematic.

Make sure your staff are trained. never provide information. Ask for a name and number to call back. They will usually hang up at this point.

In terms of emails, tell your staff to never click on a link.

Why does this matter today? because another newsagent has lost a ton of data and a chunk of money by being scammed.

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