This is a dangerous time of year with consumers sharing sensitive private and financial information.
As a result, the frequency of attack increases significantly as cyber criminals try to exploit unknowing Australians.
According to a report from the ACCC, the group most at risk is Gen Z – those under 25 – who lost $5m in reported scams last year and $4.2 in 2020 so far.
Similar results were seen in a study by NortonLifeLock in 2019 with Australians doing their tax return online.
This research found that 39 per cent of Gen Z were the victims of cyber crime in the past, compared to 22 per cent of baby boomers.
Younger Australians may think they are “too smart to get caught” by scams due to how tech savvy they are but as 2019 proved, they are now failing victim more and more.
Cyber Team guide preventing victims of scams
The Cyber Crime Team receives around 170 reports of #fraud each month which range from romance, investment and online shopping fraud.
Computers being #hacked and Ransomware attacks are also common reports made to the Force and with many people working from home it means more people are vulnerable to becoming #victim to these #crimes.
Officers from the #Cybercrime team would like to remind people to use strong, individual passwords on all social, personal and work accounts on their devices to make it harder for #criminals to gain access to them.