12th - 16th August 2019

Scammers are getting smarter, and anyone could be a target. From Monday 12th to Friday 16th August, we are putting the spotlight on scams – see the latest scams going around, and how to spot, avoid and report them. 

Visit Scamwatch to learn more about protecting yourself from scams. 

Common types of scams 

Remote access scams

Where a scammer calls you and attempts to obtain access to your accounts or device, pretending to be from a well-known company.

Learn about remote access scams

Romance & dating scams 

Where someone you meet online may not be who they claim to be, and set out to steal your heart in order to defraud you.

Learn about romance scams

SMS & email scams

Messages might include a link to direct you to a fraudulent website or ask you for personal information.

See the latest SMShing & phishing scams

Job scams

Where a job opportunity appears to require little effort for a high financial reward and promises to make you money quickly.

Learn about job scams

Investment scams

When a money making opportunity seem too good to be true.

Learn about investment scams

Scams that target businesses

Learn about the main types of scams your staff need to be able to recognise to protect your business.

Learn about business scams

Protecting yourself from SMS & email scams

What to look for

It's important to remember that we'll never send you text messages or emails that ask you to confirm, update or disclose personal or banking information. You can reduce your risk of being scammed by paying close attention to messages or emails that:

  • Aren't quite right. Scammers may use deceptively similar email addresses (e.g. @combank.com) and mimic the look and feel of official messages to trick you into thinking a message is legitimate
  • Have spelling mistakes and incorrect grammar
  • Ask you to confirm, update or share personal or banking information (most emails from financial institutions don't do this)
  • Include an urgent call to action, such as asking you to unlock or verify an account, or log on and pay a traffic infringement notice. They might also contain malicious software (also known as malware) designed to infect your machine and steal data over time

How to check if a message is legitimate

  • When contacted by an unsolicited third party, it's better to be over-cautious. Contact the organisation directly using a phone number from their website (not the email or message) before you reply
  • Hover your mouse over a link to see the destination URL (web address), before clicking it. On a smartphone you can press and hold a link to inspect it. Carefully read these URLs, as they’re often created to look similar to legitimate addresses
  • Be suspicious of any correspondence received from overseas, especially if you're being asked to forward money or you're told you've won a prize
  • Never open an attachment you weren’t expecting, especially when it’s attached to a suspicious message

Stop before you click

Received a scam message?

If you haven't engaged with its contents, such as clicking a link or replying to it, report it to CommBank's 24/7 Cyber Security Centre by forwarding to hoax@cba.com.au, then delete the message.

If you have engaged with its contents, you may still be able to stop scammers in their tracks. Here's what to do:

  • If you provided your NetBank password, change it via NetBank or the CommBank app
  • If you shared your card details, you'll need a new card. Lock your old card and request a new one via NetBank or the CommBank app
  • If you've clicked a link or opened an attachment from the scam or hoax message or if you were accessing NetBank at the same time you received and acted on the suspicious message, close your browser, empty your browser cache and clear your browser history. Then perform a virus scan on your computer using anti-virus software. If you’re on a mobile device, make sure you have updated your operating system, are running the latest version of the CommBank app and run an anti-virus scan if one is available on your device

If you're worried or you’ve noticed a suspicious transaction, call us straight away on 13 2221.

An extra layer of security

We offer an extra level of security with NetCode, a free service available to all NetBank customers. It's important to:

  • Ensure you're registered for NetCode 
  • Read all NetCode messages carefully. Only enter a NetCode if you'd like to authorise the activity outlined in the message 
  • Never provide anyone a NetCode

We work closely with law enforcement and other authorities to shut down fake or malicious websites as quickly as possible. We also support the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce in the promotion of ScamWatch, a website dedicated to the prevention of scams. 

Find out more about protecting your online security at Stay Smart Online

Important information

As the advice on this website has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs, you should, before acting on the advice, consider its appropriateness to your circumstances. View our Financial Services Guide. Terms and Conditions for these products and services are available online or from any branch of the Commonwealth Bank. The Terms and Conditions should be considered before making any decision about these products.