Maryborough City Markets
Maryborough, QLD
8am to 1pm
Scream at a Scammer Booth - Public Event
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Event Summary

There were many individuals who used the scream at a scammer booth - and we were also engaged by multiple community members who had heard of our presence via radio (triple M) beforehand.

We went to the Westpac Branch in Maryborough and talked to the manager - he was so grateful for our presence in the community.

One individual who worked in cybersecurity (private sector) agreed to share our social media posts with his friends and family - becoming a quasi-champion in that respect.  

We also referred multiple people to cyber- first aid sessions after discovering they were the victims of investment scams involving remote access (Anydesk).  

As part of our engagement strategy, we split off into teams to cover the market stalls and hand out relevant small business cyber-resilience materials (Approx 40-50 market stall owners).

Many of these engagements revealed they had experienced some difficulties with engaging social media platforms following a compromise of their business Facebook or Instagram accounts - some had decided to no longer use Facebook altogether.

One stall owner admitted they used to use Facebook to boost posts but had decided to stop paying for it. They also didn't know if they had taken the time to delink their payment details from their account - which was a key recommendation to follow through on.  

Question Themes

1.  Are QR Codes safe?

2.  Is the government leaking my information?

3.  Who are you and what do you do (IDCARE)?

4.  We had quite a few individuals engage us to discuss the validity of cryptocurrency investments and query whether they were being scammed (referred to Cyber First Aid).

5.  How do I stop scam calls?

6.  Why are iPhones more 'secure'?