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Million-dollar NDIS payments fraud affecting 70 people on disability support plans | The Australian

May 23rd, 2019 Posted by Alerts, Case Studies 0 thoughts on “Million-dollar NDIS payments fraud affecting 70 people on disability support plans | The Australian”

Five people have been arrested and luxury cars seized in western Sydney over an organised criminal syndicate suspected of defrauding the National Disability Insurance Scheme of millions of dollars.

It will be alleged the syndicate controlled three NDIS providers that fraudulently claimed $1.1 million in NDIS payments from more than 70 people on disability plans or those managing their affairs.

Investigations are ongoing, with more than 100 other potential victims identified in connection to the three entities allegedly controlled by the syndicate.

Gobbill is fighting back and is currently piloting a solution to make payments easier and safer for NDIS self-managed participants and plan managers. See https://gobbill.com/ndis

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Electronic fund transfer fraud costs Brisbane couple $1 million | ABC News

May 21st, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Electronic fund transfer fraud costs Brisbane couple $1 million | ABC News”

After $1 million was siphoned off their company’s accounts and their bookkeeper charged with 250 counts of fraud, a Brisbane couple wants banks to be more accountable for electronic fund transfer (EFT) fraud.

Their bookkeeper has been charged with 250 counts of fraud and fraud-related offences in relation to the missing money, and accused of using electronic funds transfer fraud.

“We thought that our money was safe, we thought our lives were safe — but it’s destroyed us,” Ms Saggers said.

Detective Inspector Vince Byrnes warns EFT fraud can have a “devastating” impact on people.

Banks in Australia don’t have to cross-check account names against account numbers in EFT transactions.

Reducing the risk of fraud and ‘segregation of duties’ is important even with micro and small businesses. That’s why Gobbill in the mix would help small business owners, bookkeepers and accountants prevent fraud and other potential cyber-related crimes.

Sign up for a Business Plan or our Partner Program if you’re a bookkeeper/accountant.

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ACCC reports online scam losses total nearly $37 million so far in 2017. 45 to 54 y/o most likely to lose money.

October 10th, 2017 Posted by Alerts, Internet Safety, Staysmartonline 0 thoughts on “ACCC reports online scam losses total nearly $37 million so far in 2017. 45 to 54 y/o most likely to lose money.”

This Stay Smart Online Week (9-13 October), the ACCC is warning the community to watch out for common online scams they might encounter.

The online sphere – email, the internet, social media and mobile apps – has overtaken telephones as scammers’ preferred tool of the trade to contact potential victims. In 2017, the ACCC’s Scamwatch site has received more than 51,000 reports of scammers trying to con people online. Online scam losses total nearly $37 million so far in 2017, with people aged 45 to 54 most likely to lose money.

 

Video transcript.

“It’s difficult to spot a scammer online these days as they  go to great lengths  to trick the public and steal personal information and money,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

The top three scams that people are most likely to encounter online are:

  • Phishing – often delivered via email, scammers will pretend to be from well-known businesses and government departments to con unsuspecting victims out of their personal information and money. For example they might say they’re from Apple and you need to reset your password for security reasons, or they may offer you a gift voucher to a major supermarket for completing a ‘survey’.
  • False billing – scammers will pretend to be from a utility provider such as your phone or energy company and send you a fake bill. These scams can be very hard to pick as the fake bills scammers send look authentic.
  • Buying and selling – scammers will trick people who are looking to buy or sell goods online. For example, they may set up a fake online store that sells well-known brands at seemingly too-good-to-be-true prices; or they may set up a fake listing on a classifieds website.

Ms Rickard said there are some simple techniques members of the public can employ to avoid being stung by a scammer online.

“While scammers are often after your money, they’re also trying to steal your personal information, which is just as valuable. It’s important to safeguard your personal details online the same way you would your wallet,” Ms Rickard said.

“If you’re ever contacted out of the blue, particularly via email, by someone asking you to pay a bill, complete a survey or update your passwords, it pays to be sceptical. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

“If you’re unsure about the legitimacy of something online like a store, classified listing or email you receive, do you own research as others who have been stung by scammers will often post warnings for others. There are also plenty of very useful tips and advice at www.scamwatch.gov.au to avoid being stung by online scams,” Ms Rickard said.

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