Most of us don’t have any qualms about accessing or safely sharing our personal information online, especially when it comes to online banking or accessing tax refunds through the ATO’s online portal. However, this doesn't stop scammers and threat actors trying to trick you into giving away this information. Phishing scams claim to come from a legitimate source, like your bank or telco company, but are just attempts to steal your personal information.
Results from the Australian Bureau of Statistics' 2021-2022 Personal Fraud Survey found that 65% of people received a scam offer from 2021 to 2022 (48% of these offers over the phone). That's 13.2 million Australians exposed to scams and unsafe texts each year.
There are multiple ways to identify an unsafe email or text, and it’s usually easier than you think, especially once you know what to look for. Of course, there will be outliers, but they’re the exception, not the rule.