30 November, 2023
Be aware and alert for scams
Small business owners are being urged by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Bruce Billson, to be on high alert to the rising number of scams.
Mr Billson said Scam Awareness Week was an ideal time for small business owners to take a few extra moments to check they have appropriate safeguards in place to avoid falling victim.
“I urge small and family businesses not to give anyone access to important information such as your myGov password and login.”
“3 in every 4 scam reports involve criminals pretending to be people we should trust.
“Too often, a cyber attack can be an enterprise-ending event for a small business.”
Mr Billson said small businesses should check the credentials of suppliers, such as their ABN and business name and if they don’t match or something doesn’t appear right, investigate further.
Small businesses concerned they might be the victim of a scam should contact the National AntiScam Centre’s ‘Report a Scam’ page on their website www.scamwatch.gov.au/report-a-scam
Or contact www.asbfeo.gov.au