What are scams and malware?

Scam

A scam is where a scammer attempts to trick a person into providing personal details, financial information or money. There are many different types of scam. Visit CERT NZ or CERT Australia for more information.

Malware

Malware is any type of malicious software that aims to disrupt, damage or provide unauthorised access to a computer system. Visit CERT NZ or CERT Australia for more information about the many types of malware. 

How you are targeted by scams and malware

Scammers often use emails to target people but may also use a combination of contact methods such as email, text message, messaging apps, phone calls and in person.

Malware is usually spread via email or through computer networks and portable drives.