New Google scam targets your calendar

A new scam targeting the Google Calendar platform could cost you thousands.

New Google scam targets your calendar

Scammers are becoming ever more resourceful and the latest scam targeting Google Calendar is incredibly shrewd.

As long as the scammer knows your email address, they are able to set up an event invite inside your Google Calendar, which in the description invites you to take a survey or claim a cash reward. The event invite should trigger an email or smartphone push notification that alerts you to the scammers event.

Unsurprisingly, the link included prompts you to enter your personal and financial information, which is then used by the scammers to defraud you of thousands of dollars.

Australians lost $48 million to cyber thieves between January and August last year, according to Stay Smart Online. And with many scams going unreported, these were the known losses from about 38,000 incidents.

Stay Smart Online says more than six million Australians – or about one in four – were affected by cybercrime last year. And in the ongoing battle to identify scams and warn consumers of tactics, scammers’ degree of sophistication presents ongoing challenges.

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    Pat
    9th Jul 2019
    11:07am
    Hi, I've had problems with fake transactions on my Woolworths Visa card. The transactions appear as "Pline Ph"and names a local suburb on my statement and if I check the statement online it appears as "Pizza Hut" at a local suburb. I first noticed this scam last October with 3 fraudulent transactions totalling less then $50. Woolies reimbursed me. The latest scam is for just under $13. Woolies is checking it out. Has anyone else noticed this scam?
    Greg
    9th Jul 2019
    2:36pm
    Don't know if it's scam, more likely someone has your credit card number and using it for purchases.
    You should have the card stopped and reissue another with a new number.
    Karl Marx
    9th Jul 2019
    3:50pm
    Banks have always cancelled my cards on the spot if a scam has been reported or found out through their own internal flagging without question. Another arrives about a week later in the mail.
    Hardworker
    9th Jul 2019
    4:07pm
    Pat I am wondering if it is actually a Woolworths employee (maybe in Head Office) where the cards are issued and posted out from who has copied down details of maybe several cards. If you are buying something like a pizza the transaction can be made over the phone with no-one sighting the card. The small amounts suggest a "hard up" employee rather than an experienced scammer. Woolworths Rewards cards had a similar problem some time ago where people's numbers were showing up in different States where the card owners had never been. Woolworths issued new cards to those affected. Woolworths may already be aware of who has done this and that's why they reimbursed you. If it is still happening they should replace your card giving you another number. They do have a very extensive Code of Conduct which all employees have to sign and reporting fraud if they see it is in the Code. This person could be a loan wolf who has resisted the urge to brag to friends and is therefore harder to catch. A good reason to always check your statement and keep dockets.
    johnp
    9th Jul 2019
    11:52am
    simple solution. dont use Google Calendar !!
    Karl Marx
    9th Jul 2019
    12:04pm
    don't use calendar, don't do surveys, don't reply to "You have won" & same goes for FB.
    FrankC
    9th Jul 2019
    2:34pm
    Totally agree, Older. I never use the calendar, and the times I have "won a car" or other some stupid scam telling me I have won shopping vouchers from Aldi, Woolies, JB Hi fi. I just bin them. You only have to look at the email address of the "person " sending them to know, its all crap.
    Karl Marx
    9th Jul 2019
    3:45pm
    At last count I have won 3 BMW's 1 Merc $120k from Woolies $270k from Coles & umpteen other uncollected prizes lol. Better not tell centrelink I've passed collecting all this money & assets lol
    Greg
    9th Jul 2019
    2:37pm
    Don't supply financial information online unless you have initiated the transaction.
    Pat
    9th Jul 2019
    4:46pm
    Yeah, replacement card on the way - now I have to change my direct payments AGAIN! Had to do the same in October.
    Hardworker
    10th Jul 2019
    5:43pm
    Yeah these low lifes really cause descent people like us a lot of angst.
    micko
    10th Jul 2019
    1:17pm
    I continually get emails, English grammar mistakes galore, advising me I have purchased something through my Apple account. I have a bit of a giggle, refrain from answering with a “Feck you idiot!!” and just delete it.
    clarkey
    14th Jul 2019
    8:14am
    Any time I get what I think is a scam I report it to this address https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/report-a-scam
    Rather than delete it straight away. Just wish I could stop the constant phone calls which I do not answer unless I recognize the number. All friends and family and any business I deal with will leave a message and I get back to them.
    musicveg
    14th Jul 2019
    2:48pm
    You can block the calls easily on your phone, has cut down telemarketers and scammers a lot, they keep getting new phone numbers but I keep blocking as it is easy to do.
    musicveg
    14th Jul 2019
    2:51pm
    I recently googled something and up popped congratulation you are invited to complete this survey and enter to win a phone, but after you do the survey (looked legit from google) you then go to a website (also had the https on it) and have to enter your credit card details and pay $3 to enter! Was a bit strange and of course I was not tempted.
    KB
    15th Jul 2019
    5:14pm
    Yes I have had this too but press the delete or exit button
    KB
    15th Jul 2019
    5:14pm
    Yes I have had this too but press the delete or exit button
    KB
    15th Jul 2019
    5:12pm
    Lately my local Coles store has warned via instore through their message system to be careful about scams concerning unexpected wins with vouchers by them through Face Book etc Just need to be careful. I only answer call when I know the numbers
    KB
    15th Jul 2019
    5:12pm
    Lately my local Coles store has warned via instore through their message system to be careful about scams concerning unexpected wins with vouchers by them through Face Book etc Just need to be careful. I only answer call when I know the numbers


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