16 episodes

Australia faces an epidemic of scams, a daily barrage of dodgy texts, phone calls and emails from anonymous cyber criminals and con artists, domestic and abroad.

And in this new era of Artificial Intelligence, scams are more scam-ouflaged than ever before.

Financial losses are mounting but the true cost of scams amounts to more than lost dollars, with emotional damage inflicted on individuals, families and businesses.

Law enforcement authorities concede we cannot arrest our way out of this problem; education is key.

Understanding how scammers target us with methods old and new, aided by cutting-edge technology, is the first step towards recognising a scam in the wild and taking the necessary steps to stop it.

Episodes feature experts in cyber security and law enforcement, as well as real scam victims who share their personal experiences in a bid to warn others. 

Hosted by Deborah Knight and Trevor Long, Anatomy of a Scam is made in collaboration with CommBank. Stay CommBank safe with services that help protect you from scams and fraud. Remember: Stop, Check, Reject.

Anatomy of a Scam 9Podcasts

    • Technology
    • 4.6 • 78 Ratings

Australia faces an epidemic of scams, a daily barrage of dodgy texts, phone calls and emails from anonymous cyber criminals and con artists, domestic and abroad.

And in this new era of Artificial Intelligence, scams are more scam-ouflaged than ever before.

Financial losses are mounting but the true cost of scams amounts to more than lost dollars, with emotional damage inflicted on individuals, families and businesses.

Law enforcement authorities concede we cannot arrest our way out of this problem; education is key.

Understanding how scammers target us with methods old and new, aided by cutting-edge technology, is the first step towards recognising a scam in the wild and taking the necessary steps to stop it.

Episodes feature experts in cyber security and law enforcement, as well as real scam victims who share their personal experiences in a bid to warn others. 

Hosted by Deborah Knight and Trevor Long, Anatomy of a Scam is made in collaboration with CommBank. Stay CommBank safe with services that help protect you from scams and fraud. Remember: Stop, Check, Reject.

    AI Voice Clones: The Sound of Deception

    AI Voice Clones: The Sound of Deception

    Listen closely - can you pick the real voice from the AI clone? It's not that easy...

    As voice cloning technology advances the art of digital mimicry, it opens a Pandora's box of deception, transforming the sound of scams and fraud into an eerily convincing symphony of familiar voices.

    Featuring:


    Jennifer DeStefano
    Shameela Gonzales - Financial Services Sector Lead for CyberCX
    James Roberts - General Manager: Group Fraud Management Services at CommBank

    Hosted by Deb Knight and Trevor Long, Anatomy of a Scam is made in collaboration with CommBank. Stay CommBank Safe with services that help protect you from scams and fraud. Remember 3 simple steps: Stop. Check. Reject. 
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 40 min
    Deepfakes: The New Face of Fraud

    Deepfakes: The New Face of Fraud

    In the age of AI, looks can be deceiving. Deepfake technology is increasingly being used to create sophisticated, hard-to-detect scams and frauds. So how can we unmask these digital deceptions before we get in too deep?

    Featuring:


    Richard 'Dickie' Wilkins - Nine's Entertainment Editor
    Adam Donnelley - leading Digital Strategist & AI expert
    Dr Kate Gould - Clinical Neuropsychology, Monash University & Founder of Cyberability

    Hosted by Deb Knight and Trevor Long, Anatomy of a Scam is made in collaboration with CommBank. Stay CommBank Safe with services that help protect you from scams and fraud. Remember 3 simple steps: Stop. Check. Reject. 
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 42 min
    BUY/SELL/SCAM: The Scam Side of Social Media

    BUY/SELL/SCAM: The Scam Side of Social Media

    Online marketplaces give you easy access to what you want - but beware, they can also deliver more than you bargained for, whether you're buying or selling...

    Featuring:


    Ben - Buy-Sell scam & identity theft victim
    Heidi Snell - Executive General Manager, National Anti-Scam Centre - ACCC

    Hosted by Deb Knight and Trevor Long, Anatomy of a Scam is made in collaboration with CommBank. Stay CommBank Safe with services that help protect you from scams and fraud. Remember 3 simple steps: Stop. Check. Reject. 
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 33 min
    The Phishing Scam Numbers Game: Bait, Believability, Bad Luck

    The Phishing Scam Numbers Game: Bait, Believability, Bad Luck

    If you encounter a scam, chances are it's a phishing scam - but what are the odds you'll fall for it? What variables factor into the outcome? And how does technology potentially stack the odds in favour of the scammer?

    Featuring:


    Nina
    Professor Ofir Turel - Professor Information Systems Management, University of Melbourne 
    Bec Warren - Executive General Manager, Small Business Banking, CommBank

    Hosted by Deb Knight and Trevor Long, Anatomy of a Scam is made in collaboration with CommBank. Stay CommBank Safe with services that help protect you from scams and fraud. Remember 3 simple steps: Stop. Check. Reject.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 34 min
    False Profits: Spotting the Red Flags of Investment Scams

    False Profits: Spotting the Red Flags of Investment Scams

    The desire for riches beyond our dreams can obscure even the most obvious signs of an investment scam, blinding us to the red flags and warnings. It goes some way to explaining why Australians lose more money to dodgy investments than any other type of scam. In this episode, learn to open your eyes, spot the signs, and beware of false profits.

    Featuring:


    Joe - investment scam victim
    Ken Gamble - Executive Chairman of IFW Global
    Kirsty Dunn - Director of Communications, Tinder Australia

    Hosted by Deb Knight and Trevor Long, Anatomy of a Scam is made in collaboration with CommBank. Stay CommBank Safe with services that help protect you from scams and fraud. Remember 3 simple steps: Stop. Check. Reject.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 41 min
    Fighting Fire with Fire: Tech Tools for Stifling Scams

    Fighting Fire with Fire: Tech Tools for Stifling Scams

    In the age of AI, scammers are now equipped with a new arsenal for exploitation - and we need similarly new defences to match. This raises a pressing question: Are we caught in a relentless, technological arms race against scams? Or is the most effective tool for fighting scams an organic one? 

    Featuring:


    Kevin Gosschalk - Founder and CEO, Arkose Labs
    Professor Dali Kaafar - Executive Director of the Cyber Security Hub, School of Computing, Macquarie University
    Victor Dominello - Co-Founder ServiceGen, former NSW Digital Government Minister
    Brendan Goode - Chief Security Officer, Commonwealth Bank

    Hosted by Deb Knight and Trevor Long, Anatomy of a Scam is made in collaboration with CommBank. Stay CommBank Safe with services that help protect you from scams and fraud. Remember 3 simple steps: Stop. Check. Reject.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

robertsaget ,

Wish us luck!

It’s crazy how quickly these scams are evolving. Scary stuff. Great show.

Gemma's grandma ,

The Anatomy of a Scam

I was looking forward to listening to these but the speed of the narrative is way too fast to comprehend the meaning.
Very disappointing as I feel the older Australians like myself could benefit from the message

Maz1118 ,

Informative and entertaining

This podcast should be compulsory listening for every teenager and grown up in the country. If I had listened to the ‘trusty phone’ episode, I wouldn’t have been scammed out of $17000 last week! I cannot recommend it enough!

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