How to avoid scams and bank safely online
At BankVic, we take online security seriously. We’ve created the BankSafe with BankVic Hub as your go-to resource for staying informed about the latest scams, fraud prevention techniques, and best practices to protect your hard-earned money.
If you ever have any concerns about security, don’t hesitate to get in touch. If you think your account may have been compromised, call us straight away on 13 63 73.
BankSafe Top Tips
1. Keep your personal information secure: Never share your personal information, such as your passwords or account number, with anyone. Be cautious of unsolicited phone calls or emails asking for your personal information. Legitimate financial institutions will never ask for this information.
2. Use strong passwords: Use a unique, strong password for each account and update them regularly. A strong password has more than 8 characters (the longer, the better), is a mixture of upper and lower case characters, numbers and special characters – like exclamation marks. Avoid using actual words and personal information such as your birthdate, name, or address.
3. Beware of phishing scams: Phishing scams involve fraudulent emails or messages that appear to be from a legitimate business or organisation, asking for sensitive information. Be cautious of any unsolicited messages, and never click on links from unverified sources.
4. Monitor your accounts regularly: Keep an eye on your accounts for any unusual activity or transactions. If you see something suspicious, report it immediately to your bank.
5. Use secure Wi-Fi: Avoid conducting financial transactions over public Wi-Fi networks, which may be insecure. Use a private, secure Wi-Fi network instead.
6. Stay up-to-date: Stay informed about the latest scams and frauds. Keep up-to-date with the latest security features and updates on your banking apps and software.
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Episode 1: Identity Theft
Australians lost nearly 8 million dollars to identity theft scams in 2022. Ella Gvildys from Crime Stoppers Victoria interviews experts, Detective Superintendent Jane Welsh of Victoria Police Cybercrime division and Shane Kuret, Chief Information Officer at BankVic to help us further understand identity theft.
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Episode 3: Remote Access Scams
Why are hacking and remote access scams becoming the fastest-growing scam types? Listen to find out more. Ella Gvildys from Crime Stoppers Victoria interviews experts, Detective Superintendent Jane Welsh of Victoria Police Cybercrime division and Shane Kuret, Chief Information Officer at BankVic to help us further understand online scams.