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2016 sees a 47% increase in scams reported in Australia costing close to $300 million.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) annual report released today states a marked increase in scams since 2015.

Some 200,000 reports have been compiled from ACCC’s ScamWatch, Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACCORN).

Australians over 55 accounted for 45% of the reports to ScamWatch.

Investment scams (totally $59 mil) and dating and romance scams ($42 Million) featured high on the list with social media platforms often being the launch pad for these scams.

As consumers you need to be aware and go in with open eyes, these scammers are clever and clearly pray on the vulnerable ( just by amount given to dating and romance scams) so if someone you may have become friends with on say Facebook or a dating site starts to ask you for money your alarm bells should be ringing loud and clear… run run away fast. Report it. Don’t fall for this.

The other interesting thing to watch out for is online store scams, a good rule of thumb is if the deal is to good to pass up compared to the genuine price of the goods then its properly is a scam 9 times out of 10. The product properly doesn’t even exist as the store is just front to rip you off. Before you purchase anything do some research on the business, look for ratings or reviews about the store. If you do purchase Only pay using secure payment methods such as Paypal or a credit card which often cover the fraud unto a certain amount.

The best defence against scams is education and awareness. Consumers concerned about scams should visit www.scamwatch.gov.au to keep up to date with scams to look out for, report scam activity, and get information about what to do if they become a scam victim.

Travel Expert and Advice Column Recommends Armourcard to readers.

Acclaimed travel advice column  DOC HOLIDAY featured in the Sunday National News Limited  newspapers has recommended Armourcard as a must have while travelling.

In the Article Doc Holiday went on to say

I suggest you safeguard yourself for your up coming trip and your everyday movements with one of these cards

The Co Founder of Armourcard Tyler Harris made comments

This was a fantastic surprise  to wake up to this article this morning while out having breakfast with my family.

Harris went on to say:

…with a lot of passive card type devices currently flooding the market and being touted trying to blur the lines between their products and our patented technology, we are so pleased to see that the travel professionals who we look to for advice recommend Armourcard as the best product to protect you.

Armourcard is the only product to have FCC (Federal Communication Commission) approval as we needed it as Armourcard emits a “Jamming signal”, we are also TSA approved to go through airport security.

You may also like this article / consumer alert-RFID protect cards are not created equal

[Article appeared in the Doc Holiday expert weekly advice on travel queries feature in the National Sunday News Limited Papers on Sunday 6th March 2016]

To read the article see the newspaper snipet below.

Article-in-the-paper

After the US launch of Armourcard at CES 2016 in Las Vegas Nevada earlier this month, it seems we have made quiet an impression with the media and in particular tech writers.

Ben Crosser from PHA media Technology & Innovation team  have pulled together a list of Top 10 Safety & Security Companies to Watch at CES 2016

Ben intro’s the piece

Another year, another CES, brimming with start-ups and household names alike, looking to become the next big tech trend. But who will come out victorious? In the third of a six-part series, we give our verdict on the most awe-inspiring hopefuls of the New Year in the Safety & Security category.

Ben goes on the say:

CES in Las Vegas is a haven of game-changing companies and products – not least in the safety & security sector. Throughout 2015 we saw hundreds of headlines that both highlighted vulnerabilities and emphasised the need for viable solutions – from cyber security to child safety.

And continues…

From over 500 impressive companies exhibiting at CES from 6-8 January, we have identified a list of 10 to keep an eye on in 2016, as they look to revolutionise the safety & security industry as we know it.

At Armourcard we are so thrilled to be included on such a prestigious list.

One of Armourcard’s founders Tyler Harris responded to the news …

It’s fantastic to see that we have made an impression at the worlds largest Consumer Electronic Show, it is a testament to all the hard work both the Australian and our US associates have put in to get us to the show. The feedback, retail opportunities from launching Armourcard and the new soon to be released Armourcell product on the global stage has really been exciting.

Armourcard Stand at CES 2016 in Las Vegas Nevada

Harris added…

The year ahead is already shaping up to be very busy, with the heightened interest in both our products generated from our launch at CES we are already in talks with some exciting potential retail opportunities both in the US and abroad off the back of the show.

The full article can be Read here

 

If you are interested in stocking Armourcard please enquire here via our contact us page

Armourcard featured on iTProTV at CES 2016

Armourcard gets featured on iTProTV live stream at CES2016 Las Vegas Nevada

itprotvWith the dust barley settling after Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas we thought it might be a good time to share some of the media and attention Armourcard got for the US launch and iTProTV is the first off the rank.

CES2016 was the US launch of Armourcard and we generated a lot of interest in our jamming technology. The stand often had 20 people crowded around watching the demonstration and how Armourcard offers the most superior active electronic protection on the market today.

iTProTv’s host Don Pezet approached us for a live on-air stream interview on the first day of the show.

Here is one of our Founders Tyler Harris explaining a little bit about the skimming problem and how Armourcard’s active jamming solution is the ‘end game’ for your protection.

There is no better protection than electronically jamming the communication link these devices talk over, that is what Armourcard does.

FCC Logo USAArmourcard is the only RFID protective product certified by Federal Communication Commission (FCC), we had to be as we emit a signal and that signal is jamming the frequency 13.56Mhz which is the most common frequency contactless devices like credit cards, ePassports, building entry cards & NFC phones use to communicate over.

Armourcard has FCC certification

 

Thanks Don and all the iTProTv team for stopping by and featuring us on your great Technology TV show.

Armourcard has a stand at CES 2016 (Consumer Electronic Show) in Las Vegas January 6th – 9th

We are very excited to be present with a stand at CES 2016 this coming January.  You will be able to come say hello to the inventors and founders plus see the Armourcard product for US launch.

You will also be privy to a new Armourcard product for the protection of NFC enabled smartphones & tablets to be released soon.

Our stand will located in the Personal & Cyber Security marketplace so if you are lucky enough to be going come by and see us.

Screen-Shot-2015-12-22-at-2.22.55-PMBooth number: 21931
Venue: LVCC South 1
Marketplace: Personal & Cyber Security

Add us to your show plan here

View us on the map here

For media opportunities please contact Tyler Harris sales@armourcard.com.au

To arrange times to discuss US sales opportunities please contact Tyler sales@armourcard.com.au

We look forward to seeing you in Vegas.

#ces2016

Armourcard review by APC magazine

APC or Australian Personal Computing has featured Armourcard in a recent article on travel goods and travel essentials.

Lindsay Handmer one of the journalists at APC reviewed Armourcard and tested and gave a very good review of 4 stars.

(in-fact no product got a higher score from all the products reviewed.)

Next time you travel the article that reviews Armourcard as an essential travel good to take with you, especially with ePassports, tap & go credit / debit cards and many hotel keys able to be skimmed.

Don’t travel without one, the Armourcard reviews say.

To read the full review Read APC article

SKY NEWS Money interviews Tyler Harris

On Friday 21st August 2015, one of Armourcard’s Directors Tyler Harris was asked to be a guest speaker on SKY NEWS MONEY the Money Exchange show with Andrew Barnett.

The interview titled:

Electronic Pick Pocketing. What is it and how to avoid it?

In the interview Tyler was asked by Andrew from the Money Exchange one of SKY NEWS money segments  some key questions surrounding the topic ranging from:

What is electronic pick pocketing and how prevalent is it? 

right through to…

So when they scan my details what do they get and how can they use it?

In the live on-air filming of SKY NEWS Money Exchange Show with Andrew Barnett, Harris went on to say:

Its not just about credit cards and fiscal loss off a card, the bigger picture is profiling you for identity theft.

He also went on to say:

Identity theft is a growing global concern

And as more of this type of technology comes into our lives we must start to protect ourselves from exploitation of the very same technology found in these tap & go credits and ePassports.

Watch the SKY NEWS Money Exchange segment above, the interview starts at 2:47 in the video.

Short video demonstration of Armourcards jamming technology in action.

Not all protective devices are equal, in-fact passive devices like RFID blocking wallets & RFID shielding credit card sleeves have a varying degree of effectiveness and often can still be penetrated if a criminal boosts the power on an RFID reader (purchased for less $100) and pumps up the antenna strength. (easy to do just search on the internet for free instructions)

We tackled the skimming issue differently, Armourcard is the 1st product to offer active protection, what that means is Armourcard will instantly power up when someone tries to skim your credit cards or ePassports and it will emit a jamming signal that electronically jams the frequency these credit cards & passport communicate over (13.56MHz). It does not matter if a criminal boosts the power of a reader or amps up the antenna strength as it can not penetrate the jamming of this frequency?(13.56MHz) that Armourcard puts out.

So if you’re wanting superior protection from wireless skimming then Armourcard is for you. Watch how easy it is to protect your credit cards in this video demonstration.

 

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ACA1Channel Nine’s A Current Affair show ran a story on Tap & Go Fraud

A big thank you to Tracy Grimshaw & Trevor Long for featuring on ACA Armourcard and a running a great story raising awareness of the vulnerabilities surrounding the technology that most of us already have in our wallets and purses.

ACA2Trevor Long went on to show how easy it was with freely available software on an NFC enabled smartphone to actually skim credit card details of a card.
As Ben mentioned in the report, the criminals use better equipment than a smartphone and will be able to skim you from a greater distance just like brushing past you in the street or on public transport
or in your local shopping mall.

Your personal data can be skimmed and sent instantly across the other side of the world to clone onto a mag-stripe card.

ACA3Trevor also mentioned that with this technology becoming more accepted into our lives could open the floodgates to profiling your data for more identity theft-related crimes.

Tyler Harris, Armourcard CEO was featured showing how an Australian invention is helping prevent this wireless skimming crime by our product Armourcard.

Armourcard is the only product in the world to actively jam the frequency (or communication link) between your credit cards and the criminals with reader trying to wirelessly skim your data.

PRESS Release: SYDNEY – 10TH JUNE 2015 –

‘Tap and Gone’ – Electronic Pickpockets costing Aussies up to $439m

ARMOURCARD, an Australian company dedicated to the prevention of wireless skimming, has revealed Aussies could be losing as much as $439 million a year to ‘Electronic Pickpockets’, following a study into the extent of the criminal activity.

The survey revealed that one in seven Australians (14%) have either been affected themselves or know someone that has been a victim of electronic skimming – a type of credit card fraud, where criminals extract your card details using RFID or NFC technologies.

The report also found a fifth of Aussies (20%) are completely unaware this crime exists.

Tyler Harris, Co-Founder and Director at AMOURCARD, believes that things will only get worse for consumers, if we don’t address this issue proactively.

“Wireless technologies, such as ‘Tap and Go’, have made life easier for shoppers and retailers. However, the same technology has become a target for criminals looking to exploit it for personal gain,” said Harris.

“Anyone with a NFC enabled smartphone can download any number of free apps which turn their phone into a device capable of retrieving personal information and data from ‘tap and go’ cards and ePassports. It is an invisible crime that often goes unnoticed until it is too late.”

The study also revealed the true extent of the crime could be even greater, with Aussie not knowing they have been robbed. Over half (51%) of Australians admitted they wouldn’t notice if small amounts of money went missing from their accounts, with the average Australian adult able to lose $28.49 without noticing. This equates to a potential loot of $519M available to criminals.

“The threat of being robbed $20, $30 or even $100 often isn’t at the top of our minds, but we are all aware that it happens. What is surprising is this is only the tip of the iceberg and consumers are yet to see the threat that lurks below the waterline,” added Harris.

As more items become RFID or NFC enabled – such as Social Security cards, medical cards, library cards, driver’s licenses and national identity cards – the likelihood of being skimmed will increase. These cards contain a lot of personal information and data, which hackers can exploit. This stolen information aids criminals in the profiling of individuals and can lead to identity theft as well as fraudulent fiscal gain.

“We’ve looked at this technology being rolled out across the globe and have found that personal information, such as your name, age, date of birth and address can easily be attached to the RFID or NFC microchips. Access to this information will only aid criminals in stealing your identity. Until the technology is proved 100% safe it only makes sense to protect yourself,” concluded Harris.