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The United Kingdom is instituting a regulatory change that will oblige financial institutions to reimburse scam victims—but despite the move being praised by cybersecurity experts, it seems Australia will not follow suit.

The lack of action comes despite Australia being one of the top five targets for cyber crime. Our affluent economy and our lacklustre security protections have turned us into “low-hanging fruit”, according to cyber security advisor at Kaesim, Paul Hankin.

As a result, Australians keep falling victim to scams in all kinds of ways: from email phishing scams to outright identity theft. Here are the most common scams targeting Australians this year.

Related: Should Banks Reimburse Scam Victims?

Latest Australian Scams Of 2023

Loyalty Point Scams

One of the most recently detected scams involves targeting customers of loyalty point programs of well-known Australian companies such as Qantas, Coles and Telstra, according to a Scamwatch alert.

In the four months leading to July, 209 reports to Scamwatch were recorded involving the loyalty point scheme.

Customers receive a text message or email stating their loyalty points for a rewards program are expiring, with a link to a fake website encouraging customers to log-in and/or provide credit card details to access and use loyalty points.

Scammers then steal the customers’ points by stealing the login information alongside other personal data that can be used on more platforms to commit identity fraud.

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