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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.
The Commonwealth and all other persons associated with this advisory accept no liability for any damage, loss or expense incurred as a result of the provision of this information, whether by way of negligence or otherwise.
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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

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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 and Cointree partnership enables automated bill payments with cryptocurrencies.

August 20th, 2018 Posted by Featured, Gobbill News, Media Releases, Startup 0 thoughts on “Gobbill and Cointree partnership enables automated bill payments with cryptocurrencies.”

Melbourne, Australia 20th August, 2018 – Bill payment AI-automation company Gobbill, has today announced it has partnered with cryptocurrency exchange and digital wallet company Cointree, enabling users to pay bills with their cryptocurrencies.

The global alliance will allow users from both platforms to pay household bills using their crypto coins stored in Cointree’s wallet. Cointree’s platform supports a wide range of digital currencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and more.

Gobbill’s platform users can also link a crypto wallet in their account and elect to pay their bills either by credit card, bank account or a specified cryptocurrency regardless of whether the biller accepts the desired payment method.

Shendon Ewans, CEO and co-founder of Gobbill, said the partnership would add significant value to customers who were increasingly looking to adopt digital currencies. The partnership aims to enable households and small businesses to easily and safely pay any bill with any coin.

“Digital currencies are becoming mainstream, and our view at Gobbill is to support customer choice and convenience. We anticipate a surge in the number of customers who would like to pay their bills in crypto in the coming years. Our partnership with Cointree will cater to this market and ensure Gobbill continues to remain ahead of the curve when it comes to allowing our users to pay their bills automatically, while knowing they’re protected from fraud and scams,” he said.

“We are excited at Cointree to be partnering with Gobbill,” said Cointree CEO, Shane Stevenson. “This is a great opportunity for both companies to leverage our strengths and enable Australians to pay everyday bills with their choice of digital currencies.”

The announcement comes following Cointree’s launch of a new and refreshed platform and is looking to expand into international markets. The partnership between Gobbill and Cointree supports both companies’ international expansion into new markets. The announcement also builds on Gobbill’s recent partnership announcements with iSignthis (ASX:ISX) for eKYC and payment processing, and wealth management leader myprosperity, which will see Gobbill rolled out broadly to users via white-label agreements in Australia and overseas.

Gobbill has been bootstrapped funded to date and is seeking investment to support its commercial growth.

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About Gobbill Australia Pty Ltd

Gobbill™ is a digital finance assistant that automates bill payments using artificial intelligence for households and small businesses. Users are protected from online scams, avoid late fees, maximise discounts and protect their credit rating scores. Small businesses have the additional benefit of digitising invoices, scheduling payments and synchronising data with their accounting software.

After two years of R&D, the company launched its automated bill payment process for public use. It is now investing further R&D in AI to help customers easily switch service providers and save money using its One-Click-Switch™ method.

Founded in 2015, Gobbill can pay bills issued from any Australian provider including utilities, telecommunications, council rates, insurance and more. 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).

For further information, see gobbill.com or contact the team at: gobbill@gobbill.com.au

For media inquiries, contact Account Director, Laura Blue at: laura@launchlink.co

 

About Cointree

Cointree is one of Australia’s leading digital currency exchanges. It aims to support the widest range of crypto currency coins. Founded in 2013, the Melbourne based company has over 50,000 members and transacted over AU$100m worth in digital currencies. The company focuses on making cryptocurrency trading a simple, quick and secure experience. It achieves this by providing learning recourses and useful trading tools in everyday language, and jargon free to its members.

Cointree is a registered digital currency exchange with AUSTRAC (the Australian Government regulatory and monitoring body for AML/CTF) and a partner of the not-for-profit Blockchain Centre.

Read more about the company at our website cointree.com.

For media inquiries, please contact media@cointree.com

The Australian: Gobbill partnerships fit the bill

June 5th, 2018 Posted by Featured, Financial Management, Gobbill News, Startup 0 thoughts on “The Australian: Gobbill partnerships fit the bill”

The Australian reports on Gobbill’s two partnership announcements with myprosperity as a distribution partner and iSignthis Ltd (ASX: ISX | DE: TA8) as a global identity and payments provider. We’re all working hard to create better financial solutions that empower our customers; giving them choice and control over their finances. No one likes to be scammed or taken advantaged of when it comes to our finances. Gobbill was started up for Australian families and small businesses to help and protect their finances.

We’ll keep persisting and need your help! Join us (sign up or invest) at http://gobbill.com 

Read more in The Australian https://lnkd.in/enD6CJg

AFR – Gobbill is a clever way for business owners to save time

June 1st, 2018 Posted by Case Studies, Featured, Gobbill News, Time Management 0 thoughts on “AFR – Gobbill is a clever way for business owners to save time”

Finding clever ways to accomplish more in a time-pressed business day can be the difference between getting through that endless list of tasks, or not.

Using Gobbill to automate payments is one way.

Manually going through and paying bills can eat into a huge chunk of your week. Which is why businesses are automating payments and using digital tools.

Premier Health Partners owner Paul O’Keefe introduced Gobbill, a digital service that schedules and automates bill and invoice payments.

“Throughout the year, Gobbill produces reports that separates GST and categorises bills into accounts, so come quarterly reporting and annual tax reporting seasons, all admin burdens are removed,” he says. Source: Financial Review

The University of Melbourne interviews Gobbill co-founder Shendon Ewans

June 11th, 2017 Posted by Business Management, Featured, Gobbill News, Startup 0 thoughts on “The University of Melbourne interviews Gobbill co-founder Shendon Ewans”

The University of Melbourne – Melbourne Business School interviews 2014 Master of Enterprise graduate Shendon Ewans about making bill payments a breeze. He shares about co-founding Gobbill with Quentin Marsh, his masters degree and management tips. “Have a go. You won’t know until you do. You’d be surprised at how many people are supportive and keen to help.”

To read more, visit https://fbe.unimelb.edu.au/newsroom/adding-to-your-bill

 

Life Hack Tip #1 – Use robots to pay your bills. You have better things to do

June 5th, 2017 Posted by Featured, Financial Management, Gobbill News, Time Management 0 thoughts on “Life Hack Tip #1 – Use robots to pay your bills. You have better things to do”

Our team of software robots love paying bills. Humans have better things to do like watch Netflix and cat videos online. They can even go on holidays, spend time with their family…and much more. Why not flick ’em to Gobbill. Bills gone. Watch Life Hack Tip #1.

Gobbill is free to use. Sign up today

 

 

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ATO recognises Gobbill as an Early Stage Innovation Company reports Australian Fintech

May 18th, 2017 Posted by Featured, Financial Management, Gobbill News, Startup 0 thoughts on “ATO recognises Gobbill as an Early Stage Innovation Company reports Australian Fintech”

The Australian Taxation Office has ruled that technology start-up company Gobbill satisfies the requirements to be an Early Stage Innovation Company (ESIC). “The ESIC rules, whilst offering major incentives to start-ups and investors alike are complex.” says EY’s R&D and Technology Incentives Partner Mark Chan. Read more…

About Australian FinTech

The Australian FinTech site is Australia’s only online space dedicated to promoting and discussing all things FinTech. Whether it be for Personal Finance, Payment Platforms, Apps, Venture Capital, Accelerators or Incubators, Australian FinTech has it covered. See australianfintech.com.au

 

Introducing Gobbill, the New Way to Pay Bills

April 11th, 2017 Posted by Featured, Financial Management, Gobbill News, Time Management 0 thoughts on “Introducing Gobbill, the New Way to Pay Bills”

Keeping on top of bills in your email inbox can be a pain. That’s why co-founders Shendon Ewans and Quentin Marsh developed Gobbill, to ease the burden of making online bill payments and remove the need to keep track of multiple bill due dates.

With over 1 year of user testing and product improvements, the innovative app is now available to the public!

How does it work?

Gobbill offers an effective, automated system that makes bills payments for you within one day of the due-date. To add your bill for payment through the system, simply forward your email bill to your Gobbill email address.

Each bill is easily accessible in your online account, which can be categorised by biller or date depending on your requirements. The highly personalised platform can help you keep track of spending, store a record of your payments in preparation for tax time, eliminate the potential for late fees and remove the difficulty associated with notifying billers if you happen to lose a credit or debit card.

How do I sign up?

Simply visit Gobbill.com and sign up by adding your email address, phone number and card details.

What does it cost?

It’s free to create an account and start using Gobbill! On the free Gobbill plan, you’ll be able to pay 5 bills through the online service a month and link 3 credit or debit cards to your account.

As Gobbill pays bills one day before the due date you’ll avoid late fees and get your pay-on-time discounts, which can be worth hundreds of dollar each year to an average household.

Want to know more?
Check out the easy-to-follow steps in the video below or sign up here.

How to get the most from your billers

April 10th, 2017 Posted by Featured, Financial Management, Internet Safety 0 thoughts on “How to get the most from your billers”

There is nothing more frustrating than finding out that you are paying more than someone else for the same service or receiving a late fee.  Save your households hundreds dollars each year, just by following these 4 simple money-saving tips.

Monitor your bill amounts. Take back financial power and avoid any unwanted surprises by monitoring your bills. Billers can get it wrong, so it’s best to avoid direct debits and have a quick look over your bills before allowing a payment to be made. Gobbill has been analysing bills from a wide range of billers over the last year, finding numerous billing errors for our customers.

Shop around. Allocate just ten minutes every few months to research and see if there are better plans, services and payment options available to you. Ensure you visit non-biased comparison websites such as privatehealth.gov.au and Victorian Energy Compare. Avoid commercial comparison websites that receive commissions from telco companies, energy providers and banks.

Protect your cyber self. According to The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Australians lost over $229 million in 2015 through scams. With email phishing becoming increasingly personalised, the need for security is on the rise. Protect yourself by avoiding links in emails. Fake email bills can often look legitimate, but they will link to unfamiliar payment sites to capture your credit card details.

Pay your bills through an automated payments platform. A busy lifestyle can often mean that we don’t have time to waste on admin and bill payments. Our email accounts are typically cluttered with bills, being easily lost and forgotten due to an overwhelming amount of content. Get yourself organised with a bill payment platform like Gobbill, a convenient alternative to manual bill payment. Gobbill’s automated system offers direct bill payment from a nominated credit or debit card within one day of the due date, giving you the ability to review upcoming bills, reduce time spent on managing payments and earn those pay-on-time discounts. Gobbill also has the ability to decipher bill legitimacy to protect you from potential bill scams, while maintaining your online privacy and personal control over payments. Simply let Gobbill check your bill and pay it on time for you.

Sign up and use Gobbill for free here.