Avoiding online scammers

Avoiding online scammers

Protecting business from any kind of threat is a priority. However, when it comes to online security, many business owners are not practising secure measures to protect their business.

Online scamming and fraud is a lucrative industry, with endless amounts of money transferred to scammers under false pretenses. Small businesses are unfortunately too often the target of online scamming and should practice a number of strategies to ensure their online security.

Install appropriate anti-virus software
Ensuring all technologies used for your business are protected from vicious spyware or malware is a necessary step when preventing online scamming from occurring. Do your research to find the best software for your business and your business needs. Be sure to read reviews before deciding on the software you will install.

Keep personal details secure
Protecting your personal details is important because scammers can use your information to target a specific scam towards your business, making the scam seem more believable or realistic. Ensure you are using password protection and that you choose your passwords carefully. Be mindful of how much personal information is accessible on your website and social media profiles. Back up your content and avoid using public computers or hotspots where possible.

Practice caution
Keep your wits about you when online. It is common for small businesses to receive fake invoices which businesses can easily pay if they are not paying close attention. Keep records of everything and check the credibility of people who are contacting you online expecting some kind of financial transaction.


If you believe the matters discussed above are relevant to your business, please contact Darren Smith of our office to discuss further.

Darren is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience, including working in the big 4 and medium sized firms before becoming a partner of a city based firm in 2000.

He has gained much experience and has extensive knowledge in providing business and taxation advice, superannuation planning, negotiation of sales and acquisitions of businesses and property development. His client base covers a wide range of industry groups.

Darren works with business owners to grow their businesses and create personal wealth within and outside of their business.

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