New Google scam targets your calendar

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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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Written by Drew

Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).


Total Comments: 19
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    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?

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      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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    simple solution. dont use Google Calendar !!

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    don’t use calendar, don’t do surveys, don’t reply to “You have won” & same goes for FB.

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      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.

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      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

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    Don’t supply financial information online unless you have initiated the transaction.

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    Yeah, replacement card on the way – now I have to change my direct payments AGAIN! Had to do the same in October.

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    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.

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    Any time I get what I think is a scam I report it to this address
    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.

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      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.

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    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.

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    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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    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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