Scam alert: Scam security patch emails
Criminals are currently sending fake emails claiming to be for software patches, recommending you install urgent updates to your software to fix security problems. The links in these emails take you to a fake website that installs malware on your computer or device.
If you receive one of these emails, just delete it, then run a full virus scan.
Only ever download patches directly from the company (e.g. Microsoft, Adobe, etc.). To make this easy, make sure that you have auto-updates enabled on your computer or device.
For more information, visit Stay Smart Online.
Scam alert: Selling items online
Customers have been targeted by scammers while selling items online, including high value items such as cars.
How does it work?
The scammers give you a story of being on a ship at sea or similar, and tell you that they’d like to buy the item from you, but they need to pay a courier via Western Union to get it picked up.
The scammers then claim they can’t make a payment to Western Union from their remote location, but ask you to make the Western Union payment on their behalf if they transfer the money to your bank account. They often provide a fake confirmation of payment to you to make you think they’ve transferred money to your account.
People get scammed when they transfer money to the Western Union account, and then the promised bank transfer from the scammer never turns up.
Make sure you don’t fall victim. Don’t give your account details to anyone unless you know they are legitimate.
SCAM ALERT: Scam calls on the rise
Customers are reporting an increase in scam calls where the caller wants remote access to your computer and requests you log into your internet banking. We have also seen an increase in scam emails where the sender is pretending to be someone you know so that you send them money.
Use extreme caution with any requests for money, and don’t let anyone access your computer or device remotely. Never give out information in a cold call – if the legitimate person, they will be happy for you to call them back on a number you know and trust. Never log into your internet banking while someone else has remote access to your computer.
SCAM ALERT: Fraudulent Bank Australia calls
We’ve received reports from customers who have received scam phone calls from scammers claiming to be from Bank Australia, Bank Australia Head Office, and bankmecu (our previous name). The scam caller asks to confirm details, including card information, and personal information such as a date of birth.
Bank Australia will NEVER call you to ask for this information. If you receive a call like this, please hang up the phone immediately and call us on 132 888.
NBN scam alert
Scammers are pretending to be from the NBN in an attempt to con people out of their money and personal information.
The common scams reported involving scammers impersonating NBN include:
• Signing individuals up to fake accounts
• Conning individuals into allowing remote access to their computers
• Phishing for information
NBN will never call you to remotely access your computer, or to ask for personal information such as your Medicare card number or bank account information.
Protect yourself by:
• Hanging up the phone to any unsolicited phone calls
• Never providing your personal information or account details over the phone, or allowing remote access to your computer, unless you made the call and the phone number came from a trusted source.
If you suspect someone is trying to scam you, or you find yourself the victim of a scam, contact us on 132 888 immediately so we can take precautions to protect your account.
More information on scams, and methods used by scammers, can be found at scamwatch.gov.au.
Protect yourself from ransomware
There has been a wave of ransomware hitting computers across the globe recently. We’re reminding customers to keep devices (laptops, desktops, tablets, mobiles) updated with the latest software updates and patches from your provider, such as Microsoft Windows.
Read our security and fraud protection tips.
As part of Bank Australia's commitment to fraud prevention and detection, our team may call, email you or SMS you to confirm a transaction.
From time to time we may send you an SMS from the Fraud Bureau to confirm card transactions. Please call the number provided in the SMS (1300 705 750). You won’t be able to reply to the SMS. If you are unsure about the validity of the SMS please call 132 888 to be transferred to the Fraud Bureau.
Remember that we never ask you to disclose your PIN or personal banking details.