Phone and email scammers impersonating ACSC

Australian Cyber Security Centre

The ACSC is aware of phone calls and emails from scammers claiming to be ACSC employees or stating they are working in collaboration with the ACSC. Scammers are calling from ‘spoofed’ Australian phone numbers, offering to resolve malware issues or requesting assistance in the apprehension of cybercriminals.

The scammers are requesting individuals download remote access applications such as ‘TeamViewer’ or ‘AnyDesk’ giving the scammer access to the individual’s computer. The scammer will then persuade the individual into revealing sensitive personal information by asking for copies of identity documents, or by suggesting the individual to log into their bank account.

Further to the calls, cybercriminals are masquerading as ACSC members in emails requesting recipients download ‘Antivirus’ software through a malicious link. If clicked on, the link downloads and installs malicious software to the individual’s computer.

Scammers may also request the purchase of cryptocurrencies or gift cards to ‘help stop the criminals’, requesting secrecy, or threatening to arrest individuals who do not comply.

If you have fallen victim to these phone calls or emails and paid money or exposed personal information, you can lodge a cybercrime report for assessment by police at https://www.cyber.gov.au/report.

If you require assistance you can contact the ACSC via 1300 CYBER1.

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