Australians lose record A$851 million to scams

Scammers capitalise on pandemic. Australians lost over A$851 million to scams in 2020, a record amount, as scammers took advantage of the pandemic to con unsuspecting people, according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) latest Targeting Scams report. The report compiles data from Scamwatch, ReportCyber, other government agencies…

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Payment redirection scams cost Australian businesses

Combined losses reported totaled A$128 million in 2020. Payment redirection scams were the most financially damaging scams for Australian businesses in 2020 according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) latest Targeting Scams report. Combined losses reported to Scamwatch, other government agencies, banks and payment platforms totaled A$128 million…

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Scammers stole close to A$34M from minortities and Indigenous Australians

The CALD community represented a 60 per cent increase compared to 2019, across 11,700 reports. In Australia culturally and linguistically diverse community lose $22 million to scams in 2020, reports from Indigenous Australians up by 25 per cent, reports the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). “Last year we saw…

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National Broadband Network proving to be the popular option in Australia

Record number of Australians move to NBN plans. More than half a million Australian households moved to faster to the country’s National Broadband Network (NBN) plans in the March 2021 quarter, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) latest Wholesale Market Indicators Report reveals. The recently released reportlooks at the wholesale…

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Australia’s consumer commission takes computer systems company to court

Attempted cartel for National Gallery of Australia tender. The Australian Consumer Competition Commission has initiated civil proceedings in the Federal Court against Delta Building Automation Pty Ltd (Delta) and its sole director, Timothy Davis, for involvement in an alleged attempt to rig a bid in connection with a tender conducted…

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Google misled Australian users about the collection and use of location data

Tech giant’s conduct was found to be liable to mislead the public. Australia’s Federal Court has found that Google LLC and Google Australia Pty Ltd (together, Google) misled consumers about personal location data collected through Android mobile devices between January 2017 and December 2018, in a world-first enforcement action brought…

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Allegations Google misled Australian consumers on expanded use of personal data

Australian consumer rights commission launches Federal Court action. The Australian Consumer Competition Commission (ACCC) has alleged, multinational company – Google — misled consumers about expanded use of personal data and launched Federal Court proceedings against the company. According to the ACCC, Google allegedly misled Australian consumers to obtain their consent…

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Australia’s broadband services held up for business services during lock-down

Internet services was a concern for Aussie CIOs during pandemic. The Australian Competition and Consumer Competition said its Critical Services Report showed broadband speeds and connectivity held up well during May 2020 despite a big increase in the use of video conferencing and streaming services due to COVID-19. According to…

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