Common scams by age group

Common scams by age group   No age group is immune to scams, with attackers targeting all age groups across Australia from under 18s to over 65s. However, each age group is susceptible to different types of scams, ranging from online shopping scams to dating and romance scams. We dive into the common scams by age group for the…

Scams targeting consumers with English as a second language

Scams targeting consumers with English as a second language   Data from the ACCC from the period 1 January to 1 September 2021 found that consumers with English as a second language (ESL) made 9,468 reports to Scamwatch resulting in over $28.5 million in losses. This represents 4.93% of total reports received by Scamwatch during this period and 14.78% of total losses. In our blog…

Indigenous Scams Statistics 2021

Indigenous Scams Statistics 2021   Data from the ACCC from the period 1 January to 1 September 2021 found that scammers don’t discriminate and are targeting a range of different communities across Australia. During this time frame, Indigenous consumers made 3,256 reports to Sscamwatch with over $3.7 million in losses. This figure represents 1.69% of total reports received by Scamwatch during…

Stirdie: Official Partner of Scams Awareness Week 2021

Stirdie: Official Partner of Scams Awareness Week 2021   The Stirdie team are proud to be partnering with the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Scams Awareness Network (SAN) to participate in this year’s Scams Awareness Week. Scams Awareness Week is an annual, national campaign led by the ACC and the SAN. The SAN is a group of Australian and New Zealand government agencies…

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5 tell-tale signs of an SMS text message scam

5 tell-tale signs of an SMS text message scam   For years, SMS text messages have become an increasingly popular method of communication for individuals and businesses alike. Due to this, scammers have taken the opportunity to invade smartphones with deceptive messages to manipulate victims into providing them with personal, identifiable information such as passwords, credit card details, home addresses and more. …

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Behind the scenes with Andrew: Lead Software Developer at Stirdie

Behind the scenes with Andrew: Lead Software Developer at Stirdie   As Stirdie is on its way to being developed, we took the time to sit down with Andrew Napier, software developer, to get a better understanding of the joys, triumphs and disappointments of working with blockchain technology and how this new technology is being woven into the fabric of Stirdie Verified Messaging.     1. Could you please…