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Join the fight against phishing!

PhishTank is an anti-phishing organisation which provides statistics on the issue of phishing. It is operated by OpenDNS, a company founded in 2005 to improve the Internet through safer, faster, and smarter DNS. PhishTank is not protection, it's an information provider, which helps to pour sunshine on some of the dark alleys of the Internet. PhishTank provides accurate and helpful information to anyone trying to identify a phisher for themselves or for others. They provide tips on helping you to pick out a phisher who are looking for your bank details and generated this email below for an example and tell What to look for in a phishing email, an example from their website http://www.phishtank.com/


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SCAMwatch is a website run by the Australian Competitiion and Consumer Commission(ACCC). SCAMwatch provides information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, prevent and report any type of scams. The ACCC's roles extend beyond preventing scams and include other areas of consumer protection, infrastructure regulation, cartels and other forms of anti-competitive conduct. The ACCC also works with state and territory fair trading agencies and other government agencies to promote awareness in the community about scams. In 2005 the ACCC and these other agencies formed the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce (ACFT) to coordinate this work. The website http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/tag/Scamwatch/ also provides information in various situations if you have been scammed, you think you have been scammed and even if you haven't and want to find out some useful information.


These stakeholders provide information on protecting yourself from credit card fraud and give useful tips on preventing the issue. The Queensland police are trying to prevent this crime and offer great recommendations to help. “We are certainly not trying to scare the community into not using their credit cards. We are however hoping they will be vigilant and remain cautious when using their card or handing it over,” Detective Superintendent Hay said. (Qld police)

MoneySmart is like SCAMwatch and is for all Australians, young or old, rich or poor. MoneySmart is put together by an experienced team of financial planners and consumer educators. Some team members have been involved in financial services for over 20 years. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has been the government agency responsible for running the MoneySmart website and to help people make smart choices about their personal finances.

MoneySmart Website: http://www.moneysmart.gov.au/
Queensland Police Website: http://www.police.qld.gov.au/programs/crimePrevention/eCrime/credit_fraud.htm

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The Commonwealth bank especially after the atm glitch in March 2011 offers general security tips and other information to combat the issue. The Commonwealth bank also supports the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce in the promotion of the website SCAMwatch (above). They are trying to reduce the issue by using a 'Zero Floor Limit program for card not present transactions (mail, telephone and internet orders).' This program means that you need to obtain an authorisation number for every credit card transaction made when there is no card present at the time of transaction according to their website commbank.com.au. This therefore making it less likely for the Commonwealth bank and consumers to fall victim

This pdf file on their website provides information on reducing credit card fraud: http://www.commbank.com.au/merchants/pdf%20files/Reducing%20Credit%20Card%20Fraud.pdf