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Tax time: Don’t fall for myGov related SMS and email scams says Australian Cyber Security Centre.

July 17th, 2020 Posted by Alerts, Internet Safety, Staysmartonline, Take Five to Stop Fraud 0 thoughts on “Tax time: Don’t fall for myGov related SMS and email scams says Australian Cyber Security Centre.”

The Australia taxation office has received reports that myGov related SMS and email scams are targeting Australians. The increased SMS and email scams coincide with tax time where millions of Australians are accessing and engaging with myGov services. 

What do the scams look like?  

These myGov related scams looks as if they have been sent from a myGov or ATO email address. Scammers utilise technology that allows emails to be sent in a similar way to conversation threads sent by myGov or ATO messaging.  

The call to action in the email is to click a link that asks for your personal details for ‘verification purposes.’ The official advice from ATO is ‘DON’T click any links’ and ‘DON’T provide the information requested.’ 

scam message

Example of a scam message from the Australia Cyber Security Centre. Source: https://www.cyber.gov.au/acsc/view-all-content/alerts/increasing-reports-mygov-related-sms-and-email-scams-targeting-australians 

How to protect yourself from myGov related scam: 

If a scam email or SMS is delivered to you, do not open the links or provide any personal details or information requested. 

Remember:

  • ATO will never send a message asking you to access their services via a URL.  
  • Sign in anytime to your myGov accounts to check updates on tax affairs 
  • For extra protection on your myGov account, enable two-factor authentication (2FA). This can be accessed by signing into your myGov account and turning the feature on in ‘Account settings’ 
  • If you see a suspicious myGov email or SMS with a URL, email: reportascam@servicesaustralia.gov.au
  • If you have clicked a link on a myGov email or SMS and entered your details, contact: Services Australia on 1800 941 126. 

For more information visit: https://www.cyber.gov.au/

Eight in ten feel embarrassed to admit they fell for a scam.

June 25th, 2020 Posted by Internet Safety, Take Five to Stop Fraud, United Kingdom 0 thoughts on “Eight in ten feel embarrassed to admit they fell for a scam.”

New research from the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign by UK Finance has revealed eight in ten (80 per cent) people in UK would feel embarrassed if they fell for a financial scam.

Turning 5 years old during a pandemic

June 17th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Turning 5 years old during a pandemic”

In the midst of “Business As Unusual” Gobbill is growing.

Gobbill has been helping households and small businesses across Australia since 2015 and is celebrating its 5th birthday next month.

In these uncertain and unusual times, the company is currently positioned to grow in 2020/21 and we’re excited to keep growing our customer base, product features and team.

Thank you to all our loyal customers, partners, staff and shareholders.

Protected: Plans and Prices

June 1st, 2020 Posted by Gobbill News, Payments 0 thoughts on “Protected: Plans and Prices”

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Reported Covid-19 scams have now reached $700,000 with a spike in puppy scams

May 19th, 2020 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Reported Covid-19 scams have now reached $700,000 with a spike in puppy scams”

Scamwatch reports 2,000 COVID19 scams with losses now more than $700,000. This is only the reported figure with unreported figures accounted for.

There has been also a spike in ‘puppy scams’ during coronavirus lockdown reaching $360,000. “A lot of people are stuck at home and going online to buy a pet to help them get through the loneliness of social isolation,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said. “Unfortunately the rush to get a new pet and the unusual circumstances of COVID-19 makes it harder to work out what’s real or a scam.”


COVID-19 has been a hot bed for fraudulent activity with scammers targeting those in search of a furry companion reports 9News.


Don’t get done by those puppy eyes…
For more information, visit ACCC’s report.

Gobbill is a partner of StaySmartOnline since 2015, a cybersafety initiative of ACCC Consumer Rights.

We’re hiring: Customer Service – Disability Sector (Part or Full-time)

May 14th, 2020 Posted by Startup 0 thoughts on “We’re hiring: Customer Service – Disability Sector (Part or Full-time)”

Based in Melbourne CBD or Flexible Remote Work | Permanent | Immediate start

Join an amazing and passionate team dedicated to providing excellence in customer care.

We are looking for a key individual who is passionate about helping clients in the disability sector with experience in customer service and accounts payable. The ideal candidate has an understanding of the disability sector and accounts processing experience. The candidate must have excellent soft skills such as listening and empathising, and is process driven.

Gobbill is a high growth tech company that automates bill payments for small businesses and households. Founded in 2015 and sponsored by Microsoft, Gobbill can pay bills and invoices issued from any Australian provider including utilities, telecommunications, council rates, insurance, NDIS providers and more. Recently our company has expanded into the NDIS sector providing solutions and is growing.

A lot of this role will be shaped by the right person we find.

Why work with us:

  • Part or Full-time permanent role based in Melbourne office and/or remote working.
  • Hours are flexible and suits a self-driven individual.
  • Exciting and growing company in Australia with global aspirations starting with UK.

Experience & Skills:

  • Experienced in customer service, finance and administration or equivalent
  • 1+ year experience
  • Understands or worked in disability sector
  • Formal or informal skills in Auslan sign language desired

Qualification: Social work, Community service, Disability and/or Finance, Business, Accounting.

All candidates are required to hold relevant working rights in Australia.

Remuneration: Negotiable.

Other details: Standard 3 months’ probation.

Location: 710 Collins Street Docklands VIC 3008

Reporting to: CEO

How to apply: Email your CV and Cover Letter to Shendon Ewans shendon@gobbill.com.au

Applications close when the right candidate is found or 30 June 2020.

Invoice Fraud – Is your business Protected? What is it worth to you?

April 7th, 2020 Posted by Featured, Internet Safety, Payments, Staysmartonline 0 thoughts on “Invoice Fraud – Is your business Protected? What is it worth to you?”
07/04/2020
Police Arrests following Invoice Fraud
NSW Police last week arrested and charged two men over their alleged involvement in a $2.6 million Business Email Compromise (BEC) scam syndicate. The scam involved sending altered invoices to businesses who unknowingly paid the scammers into their accounts.

One of the men is believed by police to be the leader of the syndicate and faces charges related to directing a criminal group. Police allege he gained more than $1.6 million, and unsuccessfully tried to gain nearly another $1 million through email scams from mid-2018 until early this year.

Commander of the NSW Cybercrime Squad, Matthew Craft, said cybercrime presents “a unique challenge for law enforcement”.
“These arrests are a timely reminder for all individuals and businesses to have strong cyber security measures in place for protection,” Craft said.

“During this investigation, officers uncovered a criminal network targeting hard-working Australian businesses through a series of sophisticated email scams,” Det Supt Craft said.
Police charged three other people last year in relation to the same investigation.

Business email compromise scams
Business email compromise (BEC) scams – where finance staff are deceived into paying fake invoices –are becoming increasingly common.

In 2018 alone, it was estimated that Australian businesses lost more than $60 million from this type of scam.

An ice rink in Sydney’s South West fell victim to a BEC scam earlier this year after receiving changed payment details for a new ice resurfacer it was purchasing, transferring $77,000 into an unknown Hungarian bank account.

Currently, the COVID-19 outbreak is creating a new set of challenges for businesses trying to shore up their cyber defences. There has been a rise in the number of coronavirus-related scams in recent weeks. With many Australian businesses trying to operate remotely to help encourage social distancing, networks could be more vulnerable as they are spread away from centralised IT systems.

How can you protect your business?
The Australian Cyber Security Centre has a list of strategies to mitigate the effects of cyber-attacks during the COVID-19, but one of the simplest steps business owners or accountants/bookkeepers can take to reduce their risk is to implement Gobbill as their accounts payable solution.

Gobbill is a simple, affordable bill payment automation and fraud protection tool that protects users from scams like Business Email Compromise. Our unique Know Your Biller process checks every document before it is scheduled to be paid, and intervenes to stop payment of any bills which are suspicious or have been tampered with.

Plans start from $25 per month, with a free 1 month trial on our small business plan.

To arrange a demo contact erica@gobbill.com.au or call 0444 599 715.

Source Articles: https://ia.acs.org.au/article/2020/police-arrest-men-over–2-6m-email-scam.html
https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/australians-arrested-over-26m/

Alert Priority HIGH: Widespread reports of COVID-19 malicious scams being sent to Australians

March 27th, 2020 Posted by Alerts, Featured, Staysmartonline 0 thoughts on “Alert Priority HIGH: Widespread reports of COVID-19 malicious scams being sent to Australians”
27 March 2020

What’s happened?
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware of a significant increase in Australians being targeted with COVID-19 related scams and phishing emails. 
 
In the last three months, the ACSC and the Australian Competition and the Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Scamwatch has received over 140 reports from individuals and businesses across Australia. 
 
These phishing emails are often sophisticated, preying on people’s desire for information and imitating trusted and well-known organisations or government agencies. 
 
Clicking on these malicious links or visiting fake websites may automatically install computer viruses or malware and ransomware onto your device, giving cyber criminals the ability to steal your financial and personal information.
 
These scams are likely to increase over the coming weeks and months and the ACSC strongly encourages organisations and individuals to remain alert. 
 
Here are some examples of what to look out for now:
Example 1: SMS phishing scam messages offering where to get tested for COVID-19 or how to protect yourself In these examples, the SMS appears to come from ‘GOV’ or ‘GMAIL’, with a malicious link to find out where to get tested in your local area. 
 
Scamwatch and the ACSC is also aware of a SMS scam using the sender identification of ‘myGov.’ These scam messages are appearing in the same conversation threads as previous official SMS messages you may have received from myGov. 
Example 2: COVID-19 phishing email impersonating Australia Post to steal personal information
Under the pretence of providing advice about travelling to countries with confirmed cases of COVID-19, this phishing email aims to trick you into visiting a website that will steal your personal and financial information. 
Once they have your personal information, the scammers can open bank accounts or credit cards in your name, often using these stolen funds to purchase luxury items or transfer the money into untraceable crypto-currencies such as bitcoin.
  Example 3: Phishing emails pretending to be an international health sector organisation
This is an example of one COVID-19 themed phishing email where the sender is pretending to be a well-known international health organisation. The email prompts you to click on the web link to access information about new cases of the virus in your local area, or to open an attachment for advice on safety measures to prevent the spread.
 
Example 4: Phishing emails containing malicious attachments In this example, the phishing email is pretending to be from the World Health Organization and prompts you to open an attachment for advice on safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. When opened, the attached file contains malicious software that automatically downloads onto your device, providing the scammer with ongoing access to your device. 
Example 5: COVID-19 relief payment scam Scammers are also sending phishing emails targeting an increasing number of Australians that are seeking to work from home, wanting to help with relief efforts or requiring financial assistance if they find themselves out of work. In this example, the email offers recipients $2,500 in ‘COVID-19 assistance’ payments if they complete an attached application form. Opening the attachment may download malicious software onto your device. How do I stay safe?The ACSC has produced a detailed report, including practical cyber security advice that organisations and individuals can follow to reduce the risk of harm.
 
You can read the report and protect yourself by following these simple steps:Read the message carefully, and look for anything that isn’t quite right, such as tracking numbers, names, attachment names, sender, message subject and hyperlinks.If unsure, call the organisation on their official number, as it appears on their website and double check the details or confirm that the request is legitimate. Do not contact the phone number or email address contained in the message, as this most likely belongs to the scammer.Use sources such as the organisation’s mobile phone app, web site or social media page to verify the message. Often large organisations, like Australia Post, will have scam alert pages on their websites, with details of current known scams using their branding, to watch out for.If you’ve received one of these messages and you’ve clicked on the link, or you’re concerned your personal details have been compromised, contact your financial institution immediately.
 More informationIf you’ve suffered financial loss from cybercrime, report it to ReportCyber at www.cyber.gov.au/report.  
 
Visit cyber.gov.au for advice to help businesses stay secure from cyber threats, whilst managing a remote workforce. 
 
To stay up to date on the latest online threats and how to respond, sign up to the Stay Smart Online Alert Service, www.staysmartonline.gov.au/alert-service.
 
More advice and support is available on our Get help page.
 
For information on the COVID-19 pandemic, visit https://www.health.gov.au    The information provided here is of a general nature. Everyone’s circumstances are different. If you require specific advice you should contact your local technical support provider. Feedback
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Disclaimer
This information has been prepared by the ACSC. It was accurate and up to date at the time of publishing.
This information is general information only and is intended for use by private individuals and small to medium sized businesses. If you are concerned about a specific cyber security issue you should seek professional advice.
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AirPay FinTech and Gobbill embeds Alipay & WeChat payments in media platform for 1M+ users to process Australian bills

March 24th, 2020 Posted by Alerts, Featured, Financial Management, Gobbill News, Media Releases 0 thoughts on “AirPay FinTech and Gobbill embeds Alipay & WeChat payments in media platform for 1M+ users to process Australian bills”

  • Australian fintech AirPay and bill payment automation company Gobbill to launch a new app feature for 1+ million users.
  • The “ToPay” feature is available via Chinese media app Today Australia, allowing Australian bills to be paid with WeChat Pay and Alipay.

Melbourne, Australia 24 March, 2020 – Fraud detection and payment automation company Gobbill and Chinese mobile payment company AirPay, have embedded Alipay and WeChat payments into a popular media platform to allow users to pay Australian bills with China’s favourite payment methods.

Over one million users will have the capability to pay Australian bills with WeChat Pay and Alipay, with a market-first feature called “ToPay” in popular Chinese media app, Today Australia.

The ‘ToPay’ feature will allow Today Australia users pay and categorise bills including phone, utilities, school fees, council rates and more, within a single app.

Users will also receive rewards scheme, such as discount meals via popular Asian food delivery platform Hungry Panda.

AirPay Head of FinTech Simon Tse said: “We are thrilled to announce our industry collaboration with Gobbill to provide Australian-Chinese a seamless and secure way to pay bills via smartphone. Our new payment platform “ToPay” helps us open new verticals, in addition to our wide QR payments coverage in high-end retail brands such as Gucci, Victoria’s Secret, Sneakerboy, Champion, Glue Store owned by Kering group, Valiram group, LRG group, Hanes Brands and Next Athleisure”.  

“Chinese sales across retail are down 30-50 per cent this month, and we predict it will be a difficult financial year for many companies. Our next goal is to drive one million Chinese consumers to merchants via the everyday usage of our app” said Tse.

Gobbill CEO and co-founder Shendon Ewans said: “The timing is right to bring the two technologies together to process Chinese payments in Australia. We expect the convenience of making payments through a media app and associated rewards as an advantage.”

The payments function will be enabled by Gobbill as part of the company’s growth into the broader payments sector, particularly in connecting global markets with seamless and secure payments. Using AI automation, Gobbill forensically extracts data from invoices, checks for fraud and executes the payments.

For more information, contact via email gobbill@gobbill.com.au or info@airpayfintech.com

-ENDS-

About Gobbill

Gobbill is a fraud detection and payment automation service designed for small businesses and busy households to save time, maximise cash flow and protect against scams and fraud. The end-to-end AI platform gives users control over payments with minimal effort. Gobbill forensically extracts data from invoices, checks for fraud using its proprietary “Know Your Biller™” fraud detection technology and automatically executes payments.

Cybercrime and invoice fraud has increased 7 fold in the last 3 years. UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) calls an “epidemic” of 3.8 million fraud cases reported in 2019. FBI is concerned with the issue growing to an estimated $5 trillion in losses by 2024.

Leveraging over 3 years of R&D, Gobbill can pay bills issued from over 40,000 Australian providers. The company is a Microsoft Startup sponsored company, a partner of the Australian Government’s cyber safety initiative, AI partner of Silverpond and member of Stone & Chalk. Gobbill is an Authorised Representative (1261196) of Australian Financial Services Licence Holder (448066). Gobbill’s UK office is based at the Royal Bank & NatWest FinTech Accelerator.

About AirPay Financial Technologies

AirPay is FinTech based in Melbourne with offices in Shanghai and Sydney providing one-stop mobile payment and marketing solution for merchants to accept and promote QR payments. AirPay is also integrated with Shopify to allow online retailers to accept Alipay and WeChat Pay seamlessly. The company is invested by SwiftPass Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of a China listed company and is a member of FinTech Australia.

About Today Australia

Media Today Group (also known as “Today Australia”) http://mediatodaygroup.com is Australia’s largest Chinese Internet “new media” platform delivered through an in-App experience, WeChat Official Account and WeChat Moment.

The group owns Internet media in five major cities: Sydney Today, Melbourne Today, Queensland Today, Adelaide Today, Perth Today, and two vertical Internet platforms: Australian Real Estate Today and Tourism Today.

Since its establishment on April 29, 2010, the group has been adhering to the business philosophy of “best-looking news and most practical information” and has gradually become the most influential and brand-value composite Chinese media group in the Australian Chinese community.

Gobbill UK: We’re located in the Royal Bank & NatWest

March 11th, 2020 Posted by Gobbill News, Media Releases, Startup 0 thoughts on “Gobbill UK: We’re located in the Royal Bank & NatWest”

Gobbill is pleased to announce that it has been accepted into the prestigious NatWest and Royal Bank FinTech Accelerator. 

With major locations across the UK, our current base will be the Royal Bank of Scotland – Accelerator Hub, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh.

The programme offers coaching, investment strategy review and alignment to the bank(s), we look forward to working closely with Royal Bank & NatWest, which provides a range of entrepreneurship support.


About the NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland Fintech Accelerator

The bank offers its Fintech Accelerator as part of its Entrepreneurship initiative to those that focus on the financial technology sector respectively.

https://www.business.rbs.co.uk/business/business-services/entrepreneur-accelerator.html