ASSA

the Anti Scam and Spam Alliance

ASSA ALLIANCE | OUR PURPOSE

The purpose of this site is to help our visitors identify Scams and Spam by collating the types of these malicious posts, emails and ads currently doing the rounds. We will, where possible, also highlight these to the authorities, hoping they will take action against the perpetrators.

ASSA ALLIANCE / PHISHING

What is a Scam/Phishing

Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising oneself as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Typically carried out by email spoofing or instant messaging, it often directs users to enter personal information at a fake website which matches the look and feel of the legitimate site.

Phishing is an example of social engineering techniques being used to deceive users. Users are often lured by communications purporting to be from trusted parties such as social web sites, auction sites, banks, online payment processors or IT administrators. 

Attempts to deal with phishing incidents include legislation, user training, public awareness, and technical security measures (the latter being due to phishing attacks frequently exploiting weaknesses in current web security).

Phishing attempts can also come via the telephone, where the perpetrators try to imitate a legitimate organisation to get user details and pin numbers etc.

TIPS!

Never give your bank/credit card details to anyone via email, online or on the phone. These organisations will never ask you for this information.

If the person asks you to telephone your bank to confirm they are genuine they will keep the line open, so you think you are dialling your bank but are actaully still connected to them.
So check the line is disconnected by calling a friend first. 

Help Us

You can help us by uploading a screenshot of a scam you have received together with any other relevant information.  We will investigate and once verified it is a scam it will appear here to help others identify it.

Your Stories

You can also send us your stories about when you or  a family member was affected by a scam and how it came about, so we can warn others about what to look for. You can ask for your story to be anonymous on site when you send it.

TIPS!

When re-directed to a payment page, check the URL in the address bar to make sure you are really connected to the real Payment Gateway like Paypal, 2CP etc. and check the certificate is for that site.

What are the current scams

Check out our 'Current Scams' page to see what is currently in use by Scammers/Phishers.

Facebook Ads

There are many ads on facebook that are scams trying to get your details and credit/debit card information. They are often ads for items at ridiculously low prices or even free products with postage only. Remember: If it sounds too good to be true, then it usually IS.
There are also ads offering a Prize if you like their page, these are almost always scams to get your info. For well known companies if the logo doesn't have a green tick beside it then it usually is not a genuine page for that company.

ASSA ALLIANCE | ABOUT US

Who We Are

We are a group of IT professionals and Website developers who are concerned about the number of people that are drawn into these malicious ventures by unscrupulous people that have no conscience, and prey on vulnerable people for their own gain.

We want to try and eradicate the number of people being caught by these despicable people, and make it safer for genuine people.

If you would like to join our team, please get in touch with us  by sending us your details and why you want to be part of our mission.

You can use the contact form to send your details.

New Scams

Here are a couple of the latest scams that have appeared recently, that you should be aware of.

Westpac Email Scam

Westpac Email Scam 1

The claim link in this email does NOT go to westpac.com.au/redeem It goes to:
https://dypatilskills.com/test where they will try to get your login details to your bank account. Not an issue for people that do not have a Westpac account, but if you do delete the email at once and do not click any links.

The domain is owned by :

Registrant:
Organization: NagpurVentures
Mailing Address: Maharashtra, India 

We have emailed GoDaddy are are currently awaiting a reply.


Westpac Scam 2

Westpac Email Scam 2

This is a classic attempt to get your bank log in details. The Verify Now button does NOT go to Westpac but goes to https://nagpuraviation.com/test.

The domain is owned by :

Registrant:
Organization: NagpurVentures
Mailing Address: Maharashtra, India

And is registered by:
GoDaddy.com, LLC
IANA ID: 146
Abuse Contact Email: abuse@godaddy.com
Abuse Contact Phone: tel:480-624-2505 

We have emailed GoDaddy are are currently awaiting a reply.

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Some information about Scamming/Phishing gleaned from Wikipedia