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IDCARE as Australia’s national identity and cyber support community service has been engaged by The Good Guys to assist community members who have concerns about the exposure of their personal information due to the MyRewards data breach.
IDCARE advises The Good Guys customers to:
Be on the look out for emails, phone calls and text messages purporting to be from MyRewards, financial institutions, telecommunications carriers, Government or other response agencies that request that you click on a link, provide personal or credential information, or request that you provide remote access to your device. Unfortunately, scammers and cybercriminals leverage privacy breach events in seeking to deceive community members to provide personal, account or credential information, infect devices, or motivate individuals to perform actions as part of a scam. IDCARE recommends:
- Never respond to unsolicited communications, even if the individual communicating with you knows a little bit about you, without first making your own enquiries using alternative contact methods;
- If you have been notified that a password has been exposed, ensure any other online account that uses the same username and password combination has had its password changed. Mixing up passwords, making them long and strong, and applying a Password Manager is recommended. If an online account affords multi-factor authentication, IDCARE recommends that this is activated.
- Don’t be pressured to respond to communications that create a sense of urgency to “act now.” Scammers want you to react quickly without giving you time to think. They may advise you that if you don’t act now you will lose access to a service, lose money, or even be arrested. Or they may offer you a refund or discount as a result of a cyber security incident, but only if you respond now.
- Keep abreast of development in relation to this privacy breach by visiting The Good Guys website.
- If you believe you have responded to a scam communication or need further advice from IDCARE, please complete an IDCARE Get Help for Individuals form or call our Australian Case Management Centre on 1800 595 160 between 8:00am AEST and 5:00pm AEST Monday to Friday.
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